Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Lake Irwin

Lake Irwin Campground is situated on the western banks of its picturesque namesake lake, approximately 9 miles from Crested Butte, Colorado. Visitors enjoy the area for its abundant trail opportunities, fishing and beautiful scenery.


Mountain biking and hiking are popular activities in this challenging, rugged terrain. Canoeing and fishing are favorite pastimes as well. The lake is usually so full of fish, one can see them rise to the calm surface.


The campground offers several single-family campsites, some of which are accessible. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Drinking water is provided.

Natural Features

The campground is set high in the Colorado Rockies at an elevation of 10,200 feet. Summer days are cool and afternoon showers are common. Nights can be chilly.

Lake Irwin borders the campground on the east, and the Ruby Mountain Range lies to the west. Vivid wildflowers fill the landscape during July and August. Most campsites are shaded by mature Englemann spruce and subalpine fir trees.

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are located on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. Together, the three forests cover 2.9 million acres in the central and southern Rocky Mountains, south of the Colorado River and west of the Continental Divide.

Nearby Attractions

The charming town of Crested Butte is a short drive from the campground. The former coal mining town offers a variety of outdoor activities, dining and shopping options and annual festivals, like the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival.

ADA Access: N

National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
Trash Available
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Lake Irwin is located in Colorado
38.8811 N
-107.1069 W
Get Directions
From Gunnison, take Colorado Highway 135 north 28 miles to Crested Butte. Turn left on Gunnison County Road 12. Proceed 7 miles. Turn right on Forest Road 826 and follow signs to the campground.
9 Reviews of Lake Irwin
Great location still close to CB.

Great location still close to CB. The lake gets really busy with drive in traffic. The camp sites are pretty diverse accommodating different setups.

Best campground. Hard to get.

Best campground I have seen. Very hard to get, don't be picky. Bad toilets. The picture below is from a site on the back pond.

A Favorite Every Year =)

I hate to tell you this… because this is a favorite of ours.  We come here every year in the autumn.  We play on Kebler Pass, we have pizza at Stash in CB, and at night - the stars oh how the twinkle!  But you will pay a price for these autumn skies.  It is cold at Lake Irwin at night.  Bring a sweater and snuggle up!
The Camp Host is a delight.  So many sites that are good with peaks at the lake.  You are in the heart of the Rockies.  Wake up and pick a trail, or point towards a road.  It is bound to be beautiful!

Great Lake. Great hiking. Great town.

Loved this campground. Quiet and clean and unforgettable sunsets over the lake. I highly recommend hiking up to Scarp Ridge. It's steep, but you get 360 degree views.

Popular and fun

I love this campground. It is close enough to Crested Butte to head in for dinner or supplies, but far enough away not to feel like you’re in town. When we were there (July) the lake was crowded and the campground was full. I don’t know that I have seen that many SUP boarders in one place outside of Austin. I did see a few folks fishing but I can’t imagine they had much luck considering the amount of recreational activities happening. While the lake was full, the hiking trails were empty. The trail off the lower parking lot follows the creek down the mountain and had several nice waterfalls. I had spotty service at this site but it seemed like other campers had better luck. The sites were very nice. They are big, with lots of trees and space between sites.

awesome lakeside campsite

one of our favorite campgrounds by Crested Butte. super close to lake. close to awesome hikes. not too far from town. you can fish, kayak, or paddle board on lake. great views of Ruby Range.

Lake Irwin Dispersed Camping

Amazing spot to spend the weekend with incredible views outside of our tent. Maybe 1/2mile walk maximum to the lake. Dyke Trailhead was right next to our tent. 13+ mile beautiful mountain biking/hiking trail. Definitely suggest going wildflower season. Get there early to make sure you have a spot though!!

Great but please pick up trash

Unimaginable how beautiful it is- however people had left camping chairs, and a full on raft( granted it was gross) at the camp sites… please pick up after your self. Bring fishing or a SUP. And hike scarp ridge.

First to Review
Lake Irwin - so beautiful

We camped here for a couple nights and it was an amazing campground. Loved the clean sites, vault toilets, accepts reservations, spread out sites, proximity to Crested Butte and all the wildlife that visited the campground.