Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area is located below the dam of the Eleven Mile Reservoir near Lake George in the southeast corner of South Park. The narrow, dirt road traversing the canyon used to be the old Colorado Midland Railroad bed before the dam and reservoir were constructed. Unlike the reservoir area, which has an open basin and rangeland type topography, the canyon itself is forested, lush, and rocky. Eleven Mile Canyon cuts through the plain holding the South Platte River in its rocky bottom. As the river is unleashed from the dam above, its twists and crashes against huge boulders lining the canyon floor. A canopy of large trees provides a screen of shade that floats across the canyon with the moving sun. Eleven Mile Canyon is an unexpected paradise. Eleven Mile Canyon is generally accessible year round; however, service are reduced during the winter months.
This place was incredibly beautiful!! The views were insane. The lake was beautiful but don’t plan on getting in the water. At least currently, there’s some toxic algae. Don’t let your furry friends drink it either. We decided upon E-112 in the Rocky Ridge Campground near the marina. There were trees and boulders which proved to be very helpful with the intense wind that rolls through the area. There are no bear boxes so clean up well and lock up your supplies in your vehicle accordingly. There was a pack of animals (we think coyotes) that came through in the night and woke us up because they were so loud and seemed so close. We were in a roof top tent (RTT) mounted to the back of our Tacoma. We did need leveling blocks for our truck for the site we chose but it was worth it because of the views and privacy of E112. We came during the week before Labor Day so that was awesome because it was nearly empty. I’m not sure if it’s usually full, but it was so empty when we were there.
If this campground had been full, then it would’ve been a different experience. But we were one of the only 2 tent campers on the entire E loop of the Rocky Ridge Campground. This lake/reservoir is secluded and has several campgrounds around it. The one we chose is by the Recreation Area. I did not see any showers or info on showers so I think that amenity is incorrect on Dyrt…or perhaps I could’ve researched the grounds a little more? :)
The toilets are vault toilets and not serviced frequently given that when we opened the door to the one close to us about 75 flies burst forth into the light and the TP roll was stained looking. So if you prefer plumbing, don’t tent camp here. Reservations were required but we have Verizon and had service/were able to do our reservation onsite last minute.
We loved this campground!
Eleven mile is a large reservoir by Colorado standards and has tons of campsites, all around the lake from great walk-in tent sites, lake shore and small to large loops. One section of the park has great trails in the trees, but the majority is in open plains which can sometimes get windy, but still is a great place. The facilities are well maintained, all sites have a picnic table, fire pit and two loops have electrical hookups. The central area has water spigots, a shower house, flush toilets, laundry and a dump station. The other campgrounds have vault toilets and hand pumps for water.
Just outside the state park boundary is a small convenience store for grocery (limited) and angler/fishing supply. The lake can get busy in the summer, but it never seems too crowded. Also, like many state parks they do have an educational program and offer small exhibits at the amphitheater on the weekends.
The best part of this campground is the large lake. There is no shade and it was very windy when we were there (September). The picnic tables were filthy (appeared to be years of accumulated bird poo) and I spent an hour scrubbing ours before I was willing to put my tablecloth on it. The bench was just as bad.
That said, mornings were calm so we went out on the water early.
I've been camping here for years, it's an incredible place to experience the true outdoors! I've always camped in the backcountry sites because of the isolation and scenic charm. Your closest neighbor is about 100yrds away depending on which site you're at. A short hike down to the river is a great day adventure, playing in the water or fishing. I've never had a bad experience here.
This campground had many great qualities such as proximity to water, access to bathroom facilities, and beautiful spacious views. But the sites are close together and there is little to no trees. No shade or block against other weather elements.
Beautiful campground away from the main road. The camp hosts are super friendly. We were able to get RV's into the campground but it's tight, better for experienced drivers and towers. Hiking around the campground is pretty as well.
Eleven Mile Canyon is a hidden gem. Water and vault toilets only, no power at the sites. The road in is a long dirt road. There’s lots of fishing all along. There are multiple areas to camp. Lots of trees and shade. We’ve done both tent and camper camping but I’d say not to try to bring in something too long. It’s a short drive to 11 Mile reservoir up above the dam.