Big Meadows Reservoir

Early Morning at Big Meadows Reservoir
  • South Fork
  • Favorite Spot
Elevation: 9250
  • Car (4x4 not required)
  • Winter travel (snowmobile, snowshoes, skis)
Seasonal Accessability:
  • Year-round
Water Type:
  • Lake/Pond/Reservoir
  • Ice Fishing
Driving Directions:

Take Hwy. 160 south out of South Fork for 10 miles to FSR 410 for Big Meadows Lake on the right. Take FSR 410 west for 1.4 miles to "Y" intersection (Forest Rd. 410). Bear left onto Rd. 410 and go 0.4 miles into campground.

Restrictions: Must have Colorado Fishing License to fish.
Commonly Caught Species:
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Kokanee Salmon
Suggested Bait: Bait, lures, or flies
Fishing Method:
  • Flyfishing
  • Boat
  • Spin Fishing
Boat Type:
  • Motorized Boats Allowed
  • Yes
Handicap Accessible:
  • Yes
Description & Notes:

Big Meadows Reservoir is 600 acres and is a no-wake lake. Motorboats are allowed, but cannot create excessive wakes. Motor Boats must be registered with State Parks. The reservoir also has a boat ramp, handicapped-accessible fishing pier, bathrooms, and a campground (fee).
Black Creek, which flows into the reservoir, has good fly fishing.

Photo Credits:

Photos by JustTooLazy • Flickr • Photo 1Photo 2