Prewitt Reservoir

Prewitt Reservoir

Prewitt Reservoir near Sterling.

Prewitt Reservoir is nestled in a vibrant ecosystem in Northeast Colorado. The lake is around 2400 acres when full and offers year round recreation.

The parks sits on about 3,047 acres, a mix of grasslands, wetlands and lake. Amenities include a boat ramp, picnic areas, primitive restrooms, and hiking trails.

Visitors age 19 through 64 must possess an Annual Jumbo SWA/Prewitt SWA access permit, or a valid hunting or fishing license.

The tiny towns of Merino and Hillrose are located on either side of Prewitt on Highway 6. Each has a place or two to eat and drink.

Activities: Camping, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Picnicking

Boating: 2,431-acre lake open to wakeless boating.

Camping: There are no campgrounds, however, dispersed camping is permitted around most of the lake. Just look for pre-existing fire rings.

Fishing: Warm-water reservoir stocked with walleye, saugeye, rainbow and cuttbow trout. Other fill include bluegill, crappie and channel catfish.

Hiking: A dirt road wraps around most of the lake, offering something to follow.

Hunting: Waterfowl is the main draw, as well as pheasant, bobwhite quail and deer during appropriate seasons.

Two other lakes in the northeast are Jackson Lake and North Sterling Reservoir. Both are state parks, and about an hour a way.

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Address: Highway 6, Merino (near Sterling) (Map)

Phone: 970-842-6300 – area CPW office

Season: Year round

Fee: Need fishing or hunting license

Pets: Yes, on-leash (unless hunting)

Map: Prewitt Reservoir (PDF)


Blogs: 5/20/2013