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LOWRY CAMPGROUND, CO

Photo: LOWRY CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Thu May 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

At an elevation of 9,320 feet, Lowry Campground is located between Summit Cove and Breckenridge, Colorado in the White River National Forest.

This campground is in close proximity to Dillon Reservoir and a handful of trails, making it an ideal setting for guests seeking recreation and relaxation.

Due to the pine beetle infestation and removal of hazard trees, there is little or no shade in the campground.

Natural Features:

In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the 2.3 million acre White River National Forest is a place of serenity and adventure, boasting 8 wilderness areas, 4 defined seasons, and 10 peaks surpassing 14,000 feet in elevation.

Described as being more vertical than horizontal, the nearby Eagles Nest Wilderness, designated in 1976, is a playground of craggy cliffs, sheer rock faces, alpine lakes, and deep, forested valleys. Visitors will find foot travel across this pristine area challenging and often strenuous, but will be rewarded with spectacular scenery.

Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate rocky ridges and bull elk bugle at dusk. Scenic rivers sustain populations of cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout. Alpine regions provide habitat for pika and ptarmigan. These species, along with many others, depend on surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams, and diverse forests to live.

Recreation:

Dillon Reservoir, often referred to as Lake Dillon, is the greatest draw to this campground, offering 26.8 miles of shoreline. It is an ideal spot for fishing, boating, and sailing. Anglers will find that the reservoir supports a healthy population of rainbow and brown trout, with an occasional cutthroat trout finding its way into the lake from feeder streams.

Opportunities for hiking and biking include more than 7 paved miles of the 50-mile Summit County trail system.

From the reservoir, the Old Dillon Reservoir trail is a favorite. This short, easy trail has spectacular views of the Tenmile Range and the Continental Divide. The Old Dillon Reservoir was built in the 1930s to supply water to the original town of Dillon, which is now covered by the new Dillon Reservoir.

Facilities:

Lowry Campground has 28 sites able to accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. Four tent-only campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Sites 2-24 have electric hookups, and are reservation only. There is an extra fee for the electrical service at the sites with hook-ups if the service is used.

The campground is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, and vault toilets. Drinking water is not available. Guests must bring their own water.

All campsites are allowed 10 people and 2 vehicles only, with a maximum vehicle length of 32 feet. An extra vehicle fee will be charged for vehicles above the 2 vehicle limit.

Firewood is for sale from hosts at the campground. Boat ramp access is available in the marinas located in the nearby towns of Frisco and Dillon.

Nearby Attractions:

Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain ski resorts are all located within 10 miles from Dillon Reservoir. These resorts stay open year round.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Electric Hookups
  • Firewood
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • General Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Lake Access
  • Marina
  • Sailing
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is operated by White River Recreation, a division of California Land Management and your comments are appreciated; comment forms are available from campground hosts or on CLM's website.
  • Drinking water not available at this campground
  • Body contact with Dillon Reservoir prohibited, including swimming, water skiing, jetskiing and scuba diving
  • Several campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Prevent the spread of invasive species by inspecting and cleaning packs, equipment, and tires before using lake or trails
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, there will be a $5 additional vehicle fee on the second vehicle in each single family campsite, and on the third and fourth vehicles in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered as one vehicle for determining additional vehicle fees. The third and fourth motorcycle would also be considered as one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Click here for more information about White River National Forest
  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact Dillion Ranger District 970-468-5400.
    • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    39.59861, -106.03444
    39°35'55"N, 106°2'4"W

    From I-70, take exit 205. Travel east on Highway 6 towards Keystone, Colorado, for approximately 3 miles. Turn right on Swan Mountain Road and proceed 1.5 miles to the Lowry Campground sign. Turn left and proceed a half mile to the campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    LOWRY CAMPGROUND
    WHITE RIVER
    CO

    Phone Number:

    Information: (970)927-0107