Father’s Day at Lake Pueblo

19 06 2011
Lake Pueblo State Park

Lake Pueblo State Park

As has become almost a tradition, we’re at Pueblo State Park for Father’s Day and our first boating weekend.  Lake Pueblo is a fairly large impound (4,600 surface acres) on the Arkansas river just west of Pueblo.  We like making this our first boating of the season since the water tends to be warmer here in southern Colorado and the campgrounds are enjoyable. 

We are in “T Loop” of the Yucca Flats campground.  This loop provides large pull through and back-in sites with closest access to a small protected cove that is ideal for non-boat swimming.  Yucca Flats is made up of 5 loop with about 12 or 15 sites on each loop.  There is a camper facilities building in a central area with showers and laundry facilities.  Each of the loops also provide restrooms with toilets and sinks.  All of these sites provide 30 amp power, but all water is shared with hydrants scattered throughout the campgrounds.  Each site has a fire pit and a covered picnic tables next to a paved parking area.  There is a dump station at the entrance to Yucca Flats as well as several others scattered throughout the park. 

Pueblo County is under a Stage II fire ban which means we’re not able to have a campfire this weekend.  Its’ very dry in southern Colorado this spring with two large wildfires currently burning, one about 50 miles west near Westcliffe and one about 100 miles south along the Colorado/New Mexico state line.  The Duckett fire near Westcliffe has charred nearly 3000 acres and the Track fire near Raton has burned about 28,000 acres and caused closure of I-25 for numerous days.

This is traditionally a very busy weekend at Lake Pueblo, last year there was over an hour wait at the boat ramp.  But, this year is much quicker – we’ve completed the mandatory mussel inspection, applied the 2011 registration tags and are in the water in about 20 minutes.  With traffic and a bit of a breeze that has come up, the main part of the lake is very rough.  After a quick tour of the dam and swim beach, we anchor in a quiet cove to enjoy the water and sun.  The lake is possibly the highest we’ve ever seen, creating more surface area, hiding a few underwater hazards and providing new coves for relaxing.  The water is about 68 degrees, great for a refreshing plunge, but not warm enough for extended swimming.  By 6pm much of the lake traffic has departed and we head for the boat ramp.  Back at camp we enjoy a tasty dinner and a calm evening. 

We need to vacate our campsite by noon today – so we’ll have breakfast and maybe some swimming in the cove before loading up and heading home.  Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!

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