Steamboat Lake State Campground is a very clean and beautiful site right on the lake. We were in site 166, on the end and overlooking the lake. The area has 2 campground areas once you pass the showers and store.
Watch for the sites that are walk-I’m only where you have to use a cart to haul your stuff. Although they are nice we chose a drive up site.
This campground doesn’t have many trees but still seemed private with cool metal dividing walls that give you shade as well.
Vault toilets only at the campground or you can drive back to the showers area for real facilities, laundry and showers. Water at each loop. Would definitely return.
We tent camped at Arnica Loop for 3 nights in early August and we would definitely come back. It’s a solid camp ground, a half mile hike or short drive to the marina and swim beach. You can buy ice and firewood at the marina The descriptions of each site are helpful. Bring a shade to sit under if your site doesn’t have as many trees (check the descriptions). There are two flush toilets on the first loop of Arnica and a vault toilet in the second loop. The flush bathroom gets cleaned regularly and is fine. Another set of flush toilets would go a long way to making it even better and tidier as the day goes on. Hosts were just the right amount of friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Only 4 stars because some of the groups can be… trickier. Most around us were very self contained and fine, but it only takes one group or neighbor. Still enjoyed our time!
Very beautiful campground! Spacious spots, beautiful big lake and very peaceful. I took some photos just before it open in May.
Absolutely loved this campground. We stayed on Bridge Island and there are plenty of sites with good distance between. The day we went a pretty good storm rolled in late afternoon so the shelters at some of the further inland sites came in handy. You really can’t go wrong view-wise at any of the sites. Amenities included showers (paid by quarters and very short), fire pits, wheel barrow for toting supplies from the parking lots to any of the far sites, picnic tables at each site, potable water, and restrooms. Don’t forget you will need to pay the park pass fee on top of the cost of your camping site unless you have a state pass!
We traveled to this park from Jackson WY. The site is about 30 minute drive up a winding road from the main highway 40. It’s a large state park on a local reservoir. Our site had a very nice elevated western view. The sites had ample room and firewood. The mule deer were nightly visitors during our two night stay. The lake below can fill up on weekends and become very busy. It’s a self checkin system and the sites are patrolled by park police. The visitor center and office is on the road leading to the campsite. The staff were very helpful even with large summer crowds. Our loop only had a few guests but others looked fairly full during August stay. This is a nice option is you are traveling from Wyoming to Steamboat Springs.
This is by far our favorite campground in the Colorado State Park system. It’s great for families because you of the swim beach and marina. The views are spectacular. Don’t miss the homemade fudge.
Great views of the lake. Lots of hiking and biking nearby. We camped on the non-electric loop and there were very few people. The sites were spread out with trees and some privacy. The electric loop was full and the sites very close together.
Nice amenities and close to lots of other attractions for exploring.
This is one of our favorite campgrounds in Colorado. We make a habit of visiting the week after Labor Day. The crowds are gone and the campground is peaceful. Amenities as small boat rentals remain open. The local deer migrate into the campground. A site on lake’s edge is usually available. Fall’s morning fog greet you in the morning. Outstanding mountain and lake views suttound your campsite.
My family stumbled on to this campground while trying to find overnight accommodations between the Sand Dunes NP and Yellowstone's West Gate. We stayed at a KOA the night before and we were heading to another KOA outside YNP and oh boy did I love this site! Coming from someone who had never camped at the time, KOAs seemed a logical first step. This was a campground that made me want to truly embrace the park system that our country has done so well with.
The first thing you can say about staying anywhere in the Rockies is that your views are impressive. We faced our tent to take advantage of the view out of our front door. We got in a bit late, but still made a very interesting Ranger led presentation at the amphitheater regarding deer and elk.
I woke up to views of the mountains, an abundance of wildflowers up to my shoulders, and a brief walk to watch the lake's natural beauty unfold while sipping on some coffee.
I wish I could have stayed longer and so will you.