Great to be so close to the water, paddling, kayaking and fishing are popular activities. Unfortunately, majority (if not all) of the spots have little to no shade and it gets pretty hot. It was also very windy when we were there. Overall a pretty decent spot, I’ve read some glowing reviewing about the back country campground here so that may be the place to try out.
Camp sites were nice enough, narrow road in the campground but can fit some bigger rigs. One the higher/highest campgrounds so you get some great views of the reservoir. Nearly everyone has a boat, crowded shorelines on the weekend. Rocky Ridge A has electric but is pretty much in the parking lot of the visitor center, no privacy. One dump line was long, requires unlocking from ranger, no water hookup for rinsing.
Eleven Mile Lake State Park is one of those incredible post card type places. The lake itself is created by a dammed stream and a canyon. The feat of engineering to build this dam was a marvel considering the years it was constructed. The lake has an eerie history of towns that were wiped out in creating this that now reside at the bottom of the lake. The reason it was dammed was to provide water to Denver and other municipalities.
The Campgrounds: 325 campsites in nine separate campgrounds scattered around the lake. From basic and walk in sites to electric or lakeshore sites, there is something for every camping style.
Rocky Ridge Campground loop has the only electric sites in the state park, and not each site has electric.
Stoll Mountain, Cross Creek, Lazy Boy, Rocking Chair, Howbert Point, and Witcher's Cove Campgrounds are lakeside campgrounds that experience more of the weather and do not have any electrical hookups.
There are 14 Back country sites that are more secluded in the wooded peninsula.
They have Dry Dumpstations and water stations to fill water as well. We used our water bladder to bring water to the RV.
Coin-Operated Showers - Showers are open 23 hours a day, closing daily for cleaning between 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Flush Toilets- Flush toilets are available from May 1 through September 30 each year.
There is a lot of wildlife here and black bears so keep your trash contained and put it in the proper dumpsters.
Cellular: While we were here in 2018 we had T-Mobile and AT&T, neither worked well. We would drive into a nearby town to get service and check messages.
We enjoyed our time camping here a lot, it was nice to unplug and be disconnected from society. There were some occasional storms which were a little unnerving because we are fulltime RVers and try not to put our RV at too much risk. We have a weather radio and it was able to alert us when warnings came in. It was windy most of the days we were there (July), and still nice and chilly at night. During the day the highest it got up to was about 75 degrees.
This is at a higher elevation so if you are sensitive to higher altitudes, follow precautions for altitude sickness as needed.
The reservoir is fun to explore on paddle boards, and many of the sites have views of the water. You can pick up ice and other basics at the marina, and there is a dump station with two sides so the line moves pretty quickly.
The downside is that campground is not particularly clean, and the campsites have zero shade and zero privacy. They are set really close together.
I am not a lover of Eleven Mile. The wind factor due to the lack of trees is probably my biggest issue with Eleven Mile. The views at sunset are nice I would not put it down as a place to return. I think of it more as a mans' type of place than some place I'd recommend. I was uncomfortable, fighting off bugs, covering my mouth from dirt from the wind, from vehicles coming in and out of fishing and parking lot area. Took kayaks out on the water and it was not a smooth ride either, nonetheless sharing experiences with loved ones and friends was the best part, still… nearby family has a PC. Of land and we all spent a couple of days there. Half of the time it was spent inside campers due to the rough, high winds. The area is wide open. I prefer trees. The bugs are just an added irritant. I have long hair and I had to keep it up which was a bit of a hassle if it came out of my hat or bandanas. The fishing is awesome, if you keep at it. The wind factor obviously plays a big part in casting a lot and often. Don't like tangled lines myself so it is just not the place for me. If driving through, in the evening, it can be pretty and one might do well to take their camera. Take a bonnet, sun tan lotion and bug repellent for sure. It is open space and you can see for quite some distance.overall not my type of fishing or camping spot. A motorized boat is best instead of a canoe or kayak for sure due to the winds and choppiness of the water.
This is a fantastic park for car camping and fishing.
Amenities: Ranger Station, water, general store, bait and fishing supplies, ampatheater, playground, marina, toilets
Cons: No shade, mosquitoes, crowded during summer
Rooftop tent camped here for one night since it was on the way from and to our next destination during our camping road trip in Colorado. And also because based on my research, the (shore) fishing is good. Was here on a weekday so park was quite empty, with the exception of a few neighbors a few sites away. There were a few other shore anglers but no one caught anything as far as we can tell. We got nothing either which wasn’t a big deal since fishing wasn’t a priority. While the views are breath taking, the gazillion of bugs, howling winds & stinky pit toilets made it a miserable experience for us. Every time there was a strong gust of wind, which was like every minute or 2, we could smell the toilet. I’ve done a lot of primitive camping and I usually don’t mind vault toilets, but this one was just atrocious! I mean, it was as if they haven’t checked up on it in years. The bugs, although didn’t bite, were swarming everywhere! It was so bad we skipped cooking dinner and opted to eat trail mix in our vehicle instead. Like I mentioned, absolutely gorgeous scenery but the bugs, winds and smelly toilets made me never want to return again.
Pros: -lots of level, well maintained sites -huge lake, great for fishing or boating -electrical hookups for RV camping Cons: -minimal shade and sites are close together -bathroom/shower are at the entrance (a considerable distance from most sites) -not a ton of great hiking areas. Bottom line if you’re an RV camper and an angler definitely a decent spot. If you’re a tent camper and hiker check elsewhere.
The campground was well maintained, but the sites were so close together. Getting from loop E to the water was a trek. We tried 3 water spigots before we found one that worked. The bathrooms were well maintained. It was very beautiful sunsets. Lots of trash in the res though. It seems as if people just don’t care about their surroundings. We only saw 1 fish jump out while we were there so fishing was pretty lackluster.
We’ve stayed here twice, both in early June so we were relatively prepared for the cold coming off the lake. Like with any campsite, I say do your research on the area before visiting. Not all sites have views of the lake, but there is PLENTY of space to explore the shore. We were in Loop E most recently and backed up to a beautiful open space. We saw a big pronghorn and plenty of ground squirrels. Even though we were a little close to our neighbors, we barely heard them thanks to the boulders that served as site dividers. The bathrooms are always stocked and clean. During the day, we ventured down to the Marina Shop, played on the playground with our daughter (the slides are steep but she loved it), and then wandered along the shoreline. They offer kayaking, but it was way too cold for us.
We can’t wait to go back!