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About Castle Mountain Recreation Area at Wellington Lake

We provide year-round access for camping and day use. Whether you’re interested in an overnight stay or just plan to visit during the day, we offer a wide variety of activities: from camping to fishing, swimming and canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, and more. In winter, activities also include ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Wellington Lake, one of our greatest attractions, is a privately-owned natural wilderness area. The 167-acre lake is managed as a trophy fishery with an emphasis on conservation.

Just a short drive’s distance from Denver and Colorado Springs, we welcome all visitors looking for a relaxing mountain getaway in the great outdoors.

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Castle Mountain Recreation Area at Wellington Lake is located in Colorado
39.393 N
-105.4537 W
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11 Reviews of Castle Mountain Recreation Area at Wellington Lake
Campers paradise

Wellington lake is a perfect family camping spot for anyone who likes to fish, kayak or otherwise play in the water. The sites book quickly but are worth it. We had 2 sites, one on the water and one off and that was a great balance. The sites don't have hookups and the campground doesn't have drinking water so bring all you need. The flies were miserable when we were there and didn't seem to respond to any sort of bug spray but citronella oil seems to help a little. Make sure everything in your rig is screwed down tightly as the 10 mile road to the campground is washboard bumpy beyond belief.

Loud and crowded

My boyfriend and I went to this campground last weekend for the first time. Here are the Pros& Cons: 


Beautiful lake& surrounding area Water is crystal clear and wonderful to swim in, not too cold 

Great lake to swim, paddle board, kayak, fish 

Dog friendly- well behaved dogs are allowed off leash 

Area is clean 

Campsites are large and close to the water 

Great hiking 


THE PEOPLE. Yeah, people ruin everything. The campground was full so of course you are surrounded by people which means lots of noise. Kids screaming, all day and into the evening. The campsite next to us played their horrible rap music loud up until 10pm, It really ruined our night star gazing by the fire, especially since I HATE rap music. There is no way to just relax and enjoy nature and solitude, this place is SO NOISY. And of course there were some irresponsible dog owners with aggressive dogs that they let off leash that attacked other dogs. So bottom line: I will never go back even though its a beautiful place, its just not worth being surrounded by idiots.

Beautiful Area

The campground and lake are very nice. There are several campsites that sit right on the water. There are also campsites that sit further up on the mountain. You get lake views from almost everywhere. The campsites right on the lake are kind of close but the lake access can’t be beat. If you’re looking for more privacy I would get a site up on the mountain. There are also several group sites. There are no motorized boats allowed on the lake. There were a lot of people with paddle boards, kayaks and canoes. The only downside was the road to get there. It wasn’t maintained very well and there was only room for one vehicle at some points. I would highly recommend this campground if you want to get away from it all. There is very little if any cell access.

Wellington Lake

Awesome spot

Kids, kids & more loud kids!!!

Tried it, but won’t be back. Beautiful setting, but way too noisy and populated. If you were going with a group to enjoy the water, then maybe. Or if you have a truckload of kids that you just want to let run wild and not worry about how much noise they make, then this is a great location.

Fantastic lake camping!

Well-kept lake campground with lakefront sites available. You must book 3 months in advance and they can fill up quickly. Firewood is available for purchase and they have many vault toilets around the sites. Great Lake for fishing, paddle boarding, etc. plus a hiking trail up Castle Mountain to waterfall. Only 11 miles to Bailey if you need extra ice or you run out of beverages :-)

Fun lake access for family fun

Wellington is a favorite, but has been getting more crowded over the years. We still live going with other families with all of our kids but I definitely recommend going earlier in the summer- the toilets get really stinky because of all of the use! Regardless, the lake is pretty and the trail is fun for hiking. Word of caution- every year I see/hear about multiple dogs going down the waterfall. No major injuries but it scares the owners. The rocks are so slick- don’t let kids/dogs try to climb through or over. Campsites are generally roomy enough. For more privacy go further away from the water.

Not bad but needs improvement

We went to get away from all the people with fireworks that scare our dogs. It is a pretty campground and the sites are a reasonable distance apart. However, there is no camp host or anyone to keep an eye on things. The bunch of 20-somethings at the group site near us took full advantage of that. They started blaring their music and hollering at 10 PM and there was no one keeping things in check. The night before I got there they kept my friends awake until 2 AM. Last night, the thunder storms sent them in their tents/trailers about 11 PM, thankfully. Facilities such as garbage bins and bathrooms are not well maintained.

Great hiking trail up to a "waterfall". Lots of opportunity for enjoying water sports. Very dog friendly which is greatly appreciated.

For $35 a night (which to me is expensive for camping), they should offer water available at the campground and better maintained facilities. Waterfront spots are even more expensive. It was worth going to once but I am not sure I'd go back.

Beautiful lake camping

This is not a place for a quiet mountain trip. Expect to be very close to your neighbors, have cars driving by and day use for the lake. Otherwise, it’s a great spot. The lake is beautiful, and was enjoyable. No drinking water on site, no showers, restrooms and trash are on site. Price seems high but compared to the cost of day use and camping nearby it’s reasonable. Reserve ahead, gets booked.

nice campground with lake and trails

Wellington Lake was nice and clean in early May. the restrooms were well-maintained. They have a trail with waterfalls as well as a large lake.