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Pike & San Isabel National Forests Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands
3170 East Main Street
Canon City, CO 81212
Year round


This 37 acre reservoir is a very popular destination for families in the southern Colorado communities of Pueblo & Canon City. Excellent camping and recreation facilities make for a very pleasant fishing experience. The area is especially good for children wanting to learn how to fish, featuring several open shore areas with easy casting opportunity. Those interested in small stream fishing may want to try the St. Charles River, which feeds and drains the lake. Good fishing can be had both upstream and down, depending on how adventurous you choose to be.

Brown Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Lake Trout (Mackinaw)
Rainbow Trout
Year round
Camping Info
Two Forest Service Campgrounds, St. Charles and La Vista, and one RV Campground, Southside, are near the lake.
Additional Details:

Ice fishing is allowed. Paddle & rowboats are allowed, but no motor-boats. Standard bag-limits apply, and all legal methods of fishing are allowed.

Water Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
Basic Directions

Colorado Highway 165 to the town of San Isabel. The road passes over Lake San Isabel Dam. A restaurant & small convenience store can be found in the town of San Isabel, on the north bank of the lake.

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