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.
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.