August 7, 2016 Last Day at Lake George

Sam Checking the Fishing at Spinney Reservoir
Sam Checking the Fishing at Spinney Reservoir

This is my last day in Lake George and tomorrow I backtrack a bit on Route 24 , then head north to the Lakeview Campground, a National Forest campground about 20 miles south of Leadville. I don’t have any images of my campsite at the Travel Port Campground here in Lake George, because there is nothing terribly memorable about the particular spot I have am staying in. This campground is primarily for seasonal stays, but has been a nice spot from which to explore the surrounding area. The campground has a few level spots with full hookups for transients and the folks here could not be any nicer, plus the price of $25 a night for a full hookup site is hard to beat.

High Plains
High Plains

The vast, flat spaces between the mountain ranges seem kind of odd to me, not something I thought I would see as I explored the Rockies. These plains are at an elevation of around 7000-8000 feet and stretch for many miles, interesting, sparsely inhabited, with what must be relatively poor soils, suited mostly to grazing land, though I haven’t seen that many head of cattle, just a few small herds here and there.

Spinney Reservoir in the Distance
Spinney Reservoir in the Distance

Spinney Reservoir

That is Spinney Reservoir in the distance in the image above. This is a man made body of water that apparently holds some nice fish, judging by the number of fisherman out on the water and fishing from shore.

White Pelicans on Spinney Reservoir
White Pelicans on Spinney Reservoir
Not So Wild Bison
Not So Wild Bison

Once again, I am frustrated by the lack of wildlife I am encountering along the way in my explorations. Only things I saw today were these two white pelicans and a small herd of bison, ranch type, not wild.

Spinney Reservoir
Spinney Reservoir

However, the clouds and the deep blue Colorado skies do not disappoint.

Sam Exploring Spinney Reservoir
Sam Exploring Spinney Reservoir

Sam enjoyed the place, sniffing out several ground squirrels and chipmunks along the shore of the reservoir.

One of the Campgrounds at Eleven Mile Lake
One of the Campgrounds at Eleven Mile Lake

Eleven Mile State Park

Eleven Mile State Park on Eleven Mile canyon Reservoir is a very popular weekend spot with several State Park Campgrounds on both sides of the reservoir.

Waterfront Campsite at Eleven Mile Lake
Waterfront Campsite at Eleven Mile Lake

Some wonderful lakeside campsites, all primitive, but with great views and waterfront access. However, as is the problem with most, if not all, Colorado State Park Campgrounds, these are overpriced, sites are way too close to one another, and are unavailable on weekends without reservations. Great campsites for midweek stays however, as long as you don’t mind the price. The campsites on the far side of the lake offer the most in privacy, but the gravel road in to the campgrounds is one of the absolute worst teeth jarring, washboarded roads I have ever experienced, and I am not sure I would want to subject my motorhome and it’s contents to this ride, it was bad enough in the Prius.

Exploring the Shore at Eleven Mile Lake
Exploring the Shore at Eleven Mile Lake

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