World class Gold Medal trout fishing awaits beneath the waters of Spinney Reservoir.
For gold medal fishing, it would be hard to find any that is better than Spinney Mountain Reservoir. Anglers can find shoreline or fly fishing, belly boating or trolling opportunities in a setting that is both peaceful and scenic.
This isolated retreat is ideal for visitors seeking beautiful views of the Collegiate Mountain Range or just a little solitude from the busy life of the city. Birders have plenty to observe among the waterfowl, waders and birds of prey that make Spinney Mountain Reservoir their home. Boating enthusiasts can enjoy the 2,500 surface-acre reservoir that has two boat ramps available (depending upon water levels).
In order to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species - particularly zebra and quagga mussels - mandatory inspections of all trailered vessels are now being conducted at the entrance station and must be completed satisfactorily prior to launching on the reservoir. Additionally, all trailered vessels and vessels with a gas motor are required to be inspected after being removed from Spinney Reservoir as well.
Many migratory and resident birds inhabit the park, including a variety of songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds that are all attracted to the reservoir. Three rare bird species observed at the park include the bald eagle, American peregrine falcon and white pelican.
Spinney Mountain's 2,500 surface acre reservoir provides visitors with an excellent opportunity for high-country boating. Whether it’s a lazy early morning pontoon-boat cruise or challenging the afternoon high winds with a windsurf board, this reservoir provides enough water to meet your needs. Water-body contact activities including scuba diving, water-skiing, wading (without waders), swimming, etc., are prohibited.
All types of boating are popular on this large reservoir including: Kayaking, canoeing, sailing and motor boating. Water-body contact activities including scuba diving, water-skiing, wading (without waders), swimming, etc., are prohibited.
The boat ramps at Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile State Parks close October 31st each year one half hour after sunset for the season.
November 1st each year until we close for the season Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile Reservoirs will allow only vessesls exempted from Aquatic Nuisance Inspections per Parks Chapter 8 Regulation #800E, to operate on waters within Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile Reservoirs until they ice over.
Only the following vessels are permitted: Kayaks, Canoes, Rafts, Belly Boats, Windsurfer Boards (including Paddle Boards), Sailboards, and Float Tubes), and must be hand launched and hand propelled.
Spinney Mountain does not allow camping, but camping IS available at nearby Eleven Mile State Park or at the private Chapparal campground located across from the park entrance.
Dogs are welcome in the park, but must remain on a 6 foot leash at all times when they are out of the vehicle or trailer. All pet waste must be removed to a garbage can immediately all pets must be kept out of the water.
The 11-Mile Marina has boat rentals available that include a 20' pontoon, a couple of 16' Lund aluminum V-Hulls, and several canoes and kayaks. Call the Marina for details (719) 748-0317.
Spinney Mountain is a Gold Medal fishery in a quiet and secluded portion of South Park. The waters of this reservoir regularly offer up trophy-sized cutthroats, browns, rainbows and northern pike.
Fishing trails exist along the river both above and below Spinney Reservoir and can be quite scenic. Hiking around the reservoir can also be fun, but be prepared, it is a long hike and only fishing access and game trails actually exist.
Big game, small game and water fowl hunting are all available during their respective seasons.
Guests can enjoy an outdoor meal anywhere in Spinney Mountain State Park. The park offers over a dozen picnic sites with tables and grills on either side of the reservoir, as well as at the parking area on the river below the dam.
With frequent wind gusts of 30-40 mph, the sailboarding can be exciting, but if you have limited experience, it can often be too exciting! Make sure that you know what you are doing or bring someone along who does.
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