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“Pontoon rental” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Steamboat Lake State Park

Steamboat Lake State Park
61105 Routt County Road 129, Clark, CO 80428
970-879-3922
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Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Clark
Activities: Camping, Fishing
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Owner description: A year-round destination, this beautiful state park offers a multitude of recreational activities from cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter to camping, hiking, biking and boating in the summer. The natural setting is highlighted by the beautiful scenery of Sand Mountain and Hahn's Peak bordering this 1055 acre lake. At 8000 feet in elevation, Colorado mountain wildflowers and wildlife are abundant. Our trail system allows you and your family to see nature up close. The campgrounds of 188 campsites allows you to experience the beauty of the outdoors and still have the comfort of modern amenities and facilities.
Colorado
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“Pontoon rental”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We had two families vacationing in Steamboat and decided to rent a pontoon one day. Scheduled four hours and ended up extending it. It was a little pricey but worth it. The boat was in really nice, in good shape and clean and had a grill. The staff was very friendly, helped us load all our stuff, and give us the run down on the operation of the boat and the regulations on the boat. Cruising the lake, fishing and swimming was a lot of fun. Warning: the water was pretty cold in the middle of July. Steamboat Lake is at at high elevation and is very pretty and pristine. Had a great day.

Visited July 2014
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Maxwelton, wa
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“Relaxing lake boat trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A few miles out of Steamboat Springs. A very relaxing pontoon boat on Steamboat lake. Very accommodating people and a relaxing afternoon.

Visited July 2014
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Highlands Ranch
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“Pontoon Rental”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Were vacationing in Steamboat and on the advice of a friend decided to rent a pontoon boat for a couple of hours. They even had one with a gas grill. A two hour rental was a couple of hundred dollars but it was very relaxing just cruising around the lake. And a couple of hours is a perfect amount of time. The marina also rents other types of people powered watercraft. Make sure to call ahead to confirm availability.

Visited July 2014
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Fraser, Colorado
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“Camping first time in 20 years”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

the scenery was gorgeous, it was nice to escape and just fall asleep to the sounds of the wild. It is really close to
Steamboat CO, and there are some great shops close by in case you forgot any supplies. Go to Clarks the people there are helpful and funny.

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Lakewood, Colorado
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“The camping experience in Wheeler not good”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I was really disappointed with the camping in the Wheeler Loop. This is the second year we camped there in July and there were groups of loud people with lots of screaming both times. There was a big party tent set up somewhere on the property, and we could here a DJ and a loud speaker announcer until at least 10 p.m. There is no peaceful enjoyment of the wilderness here. Beyond that, with the state park fees, the campground fee and the reservation system fee, we paid over $80 for 3 nights at this campground (electric hookups only). The outhouses in the Wheeler Loop were the worst we've experienced at any campground. The men's outhouse toilet didn't even have a toilet seat, and the women's was hanging on by a rusty loose screw. The toilets were in dire need of emptying. And the cleaning guys cleaned those rooms for about 60 seconds (yes, I watched).

Visited July 2014
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Julie A, Manager at Steamboat Lake State Park, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
I'm so sorry that you didn't enjoy your camping experience in the Wheeler Loop. I agree that July is our busiest month and our campgrounds are usually full of many people. It can be noisy at times with everyone trying to enjoy their vacation in their own way. Our ranger staff does try to make sure that we patrol and enforce the quiet hours regulations by 10pm. I would recommend that if you are looking for a more peaceful experience that you try Steamboat Lake in our slower season. Fall is usually really beautiful here. Additionally, we would be glad to direct you to some nearby areas in the Forest Service that might meet your needs. The Forest Service properties generally do not have that same facilities that we do, but they are less crowded and quiet.

I am also sorry about that terrible vault restroom in the Wheeler Loop. We have finally been approved for funding to replace that restroom with a new one. That construction should happen next year. Our staff tries to keep it clean and repaired, but as you mentioned, it is old and difficult to maintain. We are going to replace the seats this year and replace the whole building next year.

Thanks again for your comments. We are working hard to address those issues. I hope you'll give us another try. Feel free to call if we can help make other suggestions for you.
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