Located approximately 14 miles east of Basalt, Colorado in White River National Forest, Mollie B White River Campground sits adjacent to the Ruedi Reservoir at an elevation just under 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 2 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 8-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.
Mollie B Campground has 27 standard sites suitable for tents, trailers, and RVs. There is a maximum length of 40 feet for RVs. A dump station is available.
The sites are equipped with picnic tables and campfire rings. Guests also have access to flush toilets and drinking water, but electrical hook-ups are not available.
A boat ramp is available for use at this campground.
In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the 2.3 million acre White River National Forest is a place of serenity and adventure, boasting 8 wilderness areas, 4 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 opportunites in this resort mountain town.
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If you like water activities, hot days and cool nights this is the place for you! We went for the hiking and fishing but many were there with kayaks, paddle boards and other water toys. It’s far enough from the marina that you don’t hear boats going in and out. The views are great and the drive is spectacular. Zero cell service. You need to drive 25 min into the town of basalt for service. Fly fishing is amazing! Our site had great views but it was difficult to park our trailer. Some of the sites are tight.
Best campground I’ve been to it’s so nice. Cold at night nice in the day. Wonderful feeling being out there in the mountains 🏔
All I can say is go. The have water bathrooms and firewood. So go.
We looked for campsites too late for the July 4th weekend, and by some miracle we found a site available here. It was small and nestled in the middle of the site, but we were surrounded by bushes so we did have some privacy. Located on a reservoir, the scenery is beautiful, but many are there to put their boats in the water, and we escaped to other places during the day to not hear the boats all day. Marina area is separate. Toilets are clean and there is running water there. All in all, very nice site.
Spaces are tight, very close together. Lots of uneven camp spaces. Beautiful landscape and scenery, if you are close to the lake.
This campground is listed as a separate campground, but is really more like a different loop from Little Maud. Beautiful views and a better bathroom, but you really can't go wrong with either of these campgrounds.
The heart of Colorado beats quietly and steadily at this campground. Situated within walking distance of a boat ramp and often crowded parking area, this quiet and serene campground set-back away from the crowds, overlooks Ruedi Reservoir. Everything one needs to spend a delightful long weekend or extended stay is there - firewood for purchase, helpful hosts, spacious campsites, bear proof disposal and storage blocks, clean bathroom facilities, and a lake front beach. The 15 mile paved drive back to the grocery stores is doable and follows the spectacular flyfishing Fryingpan River. Watch for the energy conserving home built into the hill, bighorn sheep (yes!) along the road, and cyclists attempting the slow but steady grade. On our way back out toward home we stopped at the Main Street Cafe (on CO 82) - definitely worth the wait with huge breakfast and lunch plates (open until 2pm daily). If you decide to try Molly B, track me down about mid-August next summer - I'll be there!