ABOUT: This campground is located outside of Yampa, CO near the Dunckley Pass area off CTY Rd 8, (the Scenic Byway Flat Tops Trail) on Forest Service Road 940. Some sites offer a beautiful view of the reservoir and the Little Flat Tops. This is a perfect place to relax, or to take a scenic drive. The activities that you can enjoy here include fishing, some hiking and ATV riding nearby and wakeless boating. To access the reservoir, be prepared for a short hike. This campground does not allow ATV's to be driven through it, but does offer several ATV opportunities just outside the campground.
Stop by the Yampa Ranger Station/Visitor center or the outside kiosk (if afterhours) for a brochure of the Flat Tops Trail Scenic By-Way as it includes some information on the areas highlights.
AMENITIES: The campground has 1 vault toilet, and each campsite offers a picnic table, and a fire grate. PLEASE NOTE : This campground does not have electric, water or showers. (If seeking camping with potable water, please visit one of our other campgrounds. (Bear Lake Campground, Horseshoe Campground, Cold Springs Campground.)
BOAT REGULATIONS : Electric trolling motors are allowed. Internal combustion engines are not allowed. (Combustion engines only allowed at Yamcolo Reservoir).
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: Current as of August 3, We are still under a Stage 1 fire restriction. Camp fires are ONLY allowed in the permanent fire grates at the designated campsites/campgrounds. NO back country fires allowed, NO rock ring fires, (must use the permanent structure fire grates at the designated sites only) NO charcoal grills allowed. NO smoking outside allowed. PLEASE NOTE; THERE IS NO WATER AT THE CHAPMAN CAMPGROUND. COME PREPARED WITH EXTRA WATER TO PUT YOUR FIRE OUT COLD.
DIRECTIONS FROM YAMPA: Take CTY Rd 17 west 5.5 miles to a "Y" intersection (CTY Rd 132). Stay left onto CTY Rd 132 and go 6.9 miles to the Chapman Reservoir sign (Forest Service Road 940). Turn left at sign onto Forest Service Road 940 and go 1.4 miles to the campground. NOTE: CTY Rd 132 changes to CTY Rd 8 after 4.2 miles.
We love this campground. It’s our favorite place to paddle board. The restrooms are very clean & you can either camp by the river or the lake.
It’s a far drive but what a fun campground. It was great for our couple of families and herd of kids. The reservoir gets busy so go early to stake out a spot to hang for the day. Once there, it’s a wonderful place to play for the day- paddle boarding, fishing, jumping off the dam. Vault toilets are very clean. Be sure to check in with the camp hosts and do things by the book. They’re strict! But, it makes it a clean, well run place to go. River is beautiful and spots are pretty well spaced out.
We reserved campsite #49. It was about 100 ft from the Frying Pan River. We fell asleep to sound of rushing water- so peaceful. Not much shade but there was a picnic table, fire ring, and bear box at the site. The campground hosts were very friendly. You can swim and fish in Chapman Reservoir. No motorized boats allowed. There were a few people jumping off the dam into the reservoir. Only about an 8 ft jump. There is a small store in Meredith, 10 min away, in case you forgot any essentials. Ruedi Reservoir is about 15 minutes away and motor boats are allowed. This area is absolutely breathtaking!!!
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This campground is really nice. There are several loops: some overlook the reservoir (it looked like tent spots), others have the river go by. There are a few that end up in a field in-between those two, and if we had ended up there I imagine my review would be lower. But I didn’t, and the Frying Pan River became my soundtrack for the weekend, drowning out all the noise from any other campers. The loops are nice…there is only a few spots on each one, so it doesn’t feel crowded. The campground is well-maintained. The reservoir had good fishing. (I also saw someone flyfishing on a SUP, so kudos to that guy and his balance.) The reservoir is above a lot of the campground, and has this huge wall that looks like a castle wall. The kids and I were able to play a great of pretend up there. Finally, there is a huge lake just a few minutes away, so there are lots of options for recreation.
from Denver, this campground is about 4.5 hours but such a fun spot! pretty private and a reservoir that’s awesome for kayaks, paddle boards, etc. there are also great trails to hike from the campsite. bring plenty of supplies, though, because the closest place to restock is Basalt - an hour drive. 8 different loops with about 10-12 campsites for each loop - some with electric options. Best spot hands down, G67. personally, we avoid the F loop because the shade is non existent. there are real toilets and fire rings so you can usually have a fire. if you don’t have a watersport equipment, it can be kind of boring but an awesome spot!!