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Mollie B_white River

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About

National Forest

White River National Forest

Overview

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.

Recreation

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.

Facilities

Mollie B Campground has 27 standard sites suitable for tents, trailers, and RVs. There is a maximum length of 40 feet for RVs. 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.

Natural Features

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.

Nearby Attractions

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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For facility specific information, please call (801) 226-3564.

Charges & Cancellations

Once your reservation start date has begun, neither the Recreation.gov Contact Center nor the campground manager will be able to modify your reservation.

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Firewood Available
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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NThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2023

Large Sites, Open, Easy Rez Access

Large sites, though mostly unshaded. You can walk to the reservoir. Great for paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing. Best when it is hot out and can cool off in the water. Great scenery.

Site40
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Mollie B_white River by Nate K., August 1, 2023
  • Review photo of Mollie B_white River by Nate K., August 1, 2023
Coach S.
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2022

The view is nice

It is a simple campground. There is No shower or hot water. There are flushing toilets and sink with cold water.
If you are aware of this, and still want to go you will be happy here if not, find other place. There are bear proof storage and dumpsters . There is not too much shade but there are trees and beautiful view to the Lake and the mountains. Check with the camping as I think you have to pay for dumping and also using the lake. Host is friendly and keep the place clean

Site32
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Mollie B_white River by Coach S., August 2, 2022
  • Review photo of Mollie B_white River by Coach S., August 2, 2022
  • Review photo of Mollie B_white River by Coach S., August 2, 2022
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Reviewed Jul. 26, 2022

Such a great spot!

What a hidden gem this campsite was! The bathrooms are cleaner than any campsite I've ever stayed in and were always well stocked with toilet paper. There's running water, and secure dumpsters around the grounds. Each campsite also has its own secure bear box that was large enough to fit my 50qt cooler. Firewood is available for sale, and the campground hosts are very friendly and helpful! 

The campground is adjacent to the reservoir and is within walking distance of the marina grounds. With plenty of beachfront access, many campers were able to set up day tents by the lake, anchor boats, and launch paddle boards and canoes easily. There are a wide variety of campsites available, with everything from larger RV pull-throughs, to small tent-only sites. Some are a bit more shaded than others, though, and I do wish we'd been able to snag one with more tree cover. 

This campground was easy to reach and maneuver around in my RWD low-set sedan, and the roads are very well maintained. There is no cell service at all out here though, and it is easily a 20-30 minute drive to Basalt. 

This was such a delightful find, though, and I will definitely be back!

Site43
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Mollie B_white River by Allison G., July 26, 2022
  • Review photo of Mollie B_white River by Allison G., July 26, 2022
  • Review photo of Mollie B_white River by Allison G., July 26, 2022

Location

Mollie B_white River is located in Colorado

Detail location of campground

Directions

Take I-70 west of Denver to Glenwood Springs Exit 116, Highway 82 to Basalt. At Basalt, take Frying Pan Road 15 miles to the Ruedi Complex Entrance. Take a right, then a left, and proceed to second campground.

Coordinates

39.3766667 N
106.8138889 W

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