Ruedi Reservoir camping is located approximately 14 miles east of Basalt, Colorado, in the White River National Forest, Little Maud Campground is situated on Ruedi Reservoir at an elevation of 7,800 feet.
Sites at this campground open up to views of the reservoir and starry nighttime skies. A mixed conifer forest hems in the shoreline and nearby peaks offer an ideal setting for guests seeking recreation and relaxation.
Renowned for its fly fishing, Fryingpan River flows below Ruedi Dam. Here, large rainbow, brown, cutthroat and brook trout are plentiful in an area nicknamed the "toilet bowl." The fish feed on Mysis shrimp, a small freshwater shrimp stocked in the lake.
The stretch of river from the dam down to the confluence of Fryingpan and the Roaring Fork River has been designated as Gold Medal Waters by the Colorado Wildlife Commission. Special regulations in this area include fishing only with artificial flies and lures, and releasing all trout except brown trout, with a limit of two fish over 14 inches.
For hikers and bikers, the Ruedi Trail, located north of the reservoir, climbs to the top of Red Table Mountain. The trailhead is located 200 feet north of the Jeep trail near the boat ramp and parking lot. This eight mile trail gains over 3,000 feet in elevation, leading hikers to a spectacular panoramic view of the area.
Boating, swimming, and water skiing are all possible. Interpretive programs are popular activities.
Little Maud Campground has 21 standard sites suitable for tents, trailers, and RVs. There is a maximum length of 35 feet for RVs. The sites are equipped with picnic tables and campfire rings. Guests also have access to vault toilets and drinking water, but electrical hook-ups are not available.
In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the 2.3 million acre White River National Forest is a place of serenity and adventure, boasting eight wilderness areas, four defined seasons, and 10 peaks surpassing 14,000 feet in elevation.
Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate rocky ridges and bull elk bugle at dusk. Scenic rivers sustain populations of cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout. Alpine regions provide habitat for pika and ptarmigan. These species, along with many others, depend on surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams, and diverse forests to live.
The nearby town of Aspen is a popular destination for visitors to the area. From downhill skiing and world-class fly fishing, to dining and resorts, there are a multitude of outdoor and indoor opportunities in this resort mountain town.
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Stayed here over the weekend of 8/16. Arrived at campground around 8pm, the site had my name posted on the campsite, did not have to check in. Bear locker on site was helpful to store food, also the fire pit was clutch! Was able to park car at campsite. Hiked on Saturday on the Ruedi trail, which was accessed on frying pan road. Hiked 2 miles in and had a good view on the reservoir. Wanted to swim but there was no beach area and no other people swimming, just boats. A beautiful drive coming from Basalt to the campground. The campground was full and camping sites are pretty close to each other. Right after sunset, saw a deer walk up to the water station. Also saw a bear and a fox on the tree line surrounding the campground but did not have any bear activity on our site!
We loved tent camping here with our dog. We saw plenty of trailers and smaller RVs as well. The road around the loop is paved but the sites themselves are not. You tent peg into the dirt. It’s a 5, 10-minute walk to the reservoir but you feel a world away from it’s busy day visitors. All the spots are a little different, a few in the inner campsites have less shade, but most make the use of trees, tall grasses, and positioning of each site and where you’d park your car, for privacy. The flush toilets at Little Maud are immaculate and well-spaced at the top and bottom of the loop. Be bear aware: there are great bear-proof storage lockers on each site to use. Keep your toiletries in your car or bear locker too - your toothpaste, sunscreen, all of that, smells like food. The local black bears are shy but they do come around. One came quite close to us at site #4. We think it wanted the cool shade of the stream. It was a little hard to hear it’s rustling/approach with the white noise of the stream. The hosts said to make a lot of noise and they will leave. Our banging of the fire grate wasn’t noisy enough but the host had an air horn that worked. No cell service here or on most of the road up after you leave nearby Basalt. We loved it and will definitely be back.
The campground is located on the Ruedi Reservoir just a few miles east of Basalt Colorado. It also sits in the White River National Forest on the Fryingpan River at an elevation of 7,800 ft. Costs are $24 per night for car camping, restrooms and water are provided. We stayed in one of the sites closest to the water which was about 100 yards away, it had a few trees but was mostly an open grass field with great views of the surrounding. Boating, fishing, camping, and hiking are definitely the things to do here but especially fishing. The Fryingpan River is a tributary of the Roaring Fork River, both of which are part of Colorado's Gold Medal Waters. We camped on May 19th and 20th of 2018 to great weather of highs in the 50's and a low around 30. Two cool places in town we would recommend if your making the trip would be Capitol Creek Brewing and The Brick Pony Pub. Also this is the best time to go camping to avoid the crowds, the reservoir can be pretty crowded during the summer. Highlight: Seeing mother moose and calf tracks on our morning hike around the lake.
We came to this campground right after wildfires in 2018 decimated the surrounding area. Despite this tragedy the campground was lush and green, full of adult pine, aspen and spruce trees. With views over the lake it serene and a great spot for a quiet trip. While we were there it was still smoky with a very strict fire ban, but those barriers are temporary. I will say that the commode facilities while clean, flush toilets, had an unpleasant smell when the wind picked up. Normally we try to find a spot close to the bathrooms and this time that backfired. There was no cell service at or near this campground, nor any stores, so if you are needing communication or to pick up ice, supplies, etc, make sure to do it before leaving Basalt. We found this out the hard way when we discovered once setting up camp that we could not coordinate with the other people in our party and had to drive back into town to get a text out. The positive side was that we stumbled across a Lobster Shack cooking live Maine Lobster in Basalt, so we had an unexpected lobster dinner while camping in the mountains of Colorado. The weather was superb for late summer as well. It was cooler than the other camp spots we had been all summer and the brief rain showers kept the temps down and bugs away. If not for the recent wildfires it would have been a perfect camping spot.
Things to know: extra vehicles are $6/car/night; campers will need to use the provided bear boxes for storing food and cooking supplies; no cell service;
The drive from Basalt was stunning as only Colorado can do. The whole area was so scenic and beautiful and the water is a two minute walk away. The campground is covered in beautiful shade trees and grass and the ring round through it is paved. The campground hosts, Bob and his wife, keep the area immaculate. The restrooms are strategically dotted around the campground circle and and a quick walk from any camp site. They are well maintained several times a day and don't have showers. You can take your dogs as long as they're kept on leashes and you can take them on your little hikes, they'll love it. We were totally thrilled that there was a mule eared deer doe who was not shy and casually grazed under the trees at the edge of our campsite, totally ignoring us and allowing our 7 year old grandson to sneak up to get a closer look, within 20 feet of her. It made his day! I wish they would update their website photos to portray the beautiful scenery, trees and grass. The website photos show few trees which almost made us choose somewhere else. We will be back, maybe next year!
We stayed at Little Maud for a weekend so we could hike around Maroon Bells. The campsite was quiet and the bathrooms were impeccable. The campsite is right next to a reservoir which is an added bonus. We will be going back!
Little Maud Campground is a pretty campground next to Ruedi Reservoir, which is quite large and open to both motorized and non-motorized boating. This campground, while still very accessible, is a bit off the beaten path (14 miles east of Basalt, CO) and therefore nice and quiet.
4 stars out of 5 because the campground is pretty open (not many trees), so there isn't much privacy.