Eleven Mile Canyon Reservoir
Eleven Mile State Park is open year-round with 350 campsites for overnight accommodations.
Eleven Mile Reservoir is known for its excellent fishing. Rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon, northern pike and carp are all found within the waters of Eleven Mile. Power boating, sailboating, and windsurfing are also very popular during the summer and fall months. Two boat ramps are available on the shores of the reservoir. A multitude of camping and picnicking sites are available around the lake.
Completed in 1932 after two years of construction at a cost of only $1.5 million, Eleven Mile stands 135 feet above the South Platte riverbed. The six-mile long reservoir is second largest in the Denver system and one of the largest bodies of water east of the Continental Divide. Eleven Mile has a surface area of 3,405 acres and 23.9 miles of shoreline.
Getting There: Take Hwy 285 to Fairplay. About a mile south of Fairplay, veer southeast on Hwy 9 toward Hartsel. After about 15 miles you will reach a stop sign at the intersection with Hwy 24. Turn left (east) on Highway 24. Drive on Highway 24 for about 10 miles. On your right you will come to the road that will access both Eleven Mile and Spinney Reservoirs. Take that gravel road to Eleven Mile State Park.