Clear Creek Reservoir is an easy lake to reach between Buena Vista and Leadville in Granite, CO. Boating, camping and fishing are available at the lake, but even more recreation exists further west on the county road.
Boating: Power boats are permitted on the 407-acre lake. There is a boat ramp and checkpoint.
Camping: There is a big campground next to the lake with room for RVs. Primitive camping is very easy to find by going west on County Rd 390, There is some private land at first but then the sites appear.
Fishing: Excellent boat and shore fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout. Tiger muskie and kokanee salmon are common too.
Ghost Towns: If you continue past the reservoir on Co Rd 390, you’ll reach Vicksburg in 8 miles. There are several buildings and ruins worth stopping for. Rockdale is at 10 miles with a few cabins to see, and Winfield is at the end of the county road in 12 total miles.
Hiking: Shorter strolls can be enjoyed around the above ghost towns. For a more rigorous hike, take the 4×4 road 3 miles from Rockdale. It leads uphill to Clohesy Lake.
OHV: Clohesy Lake is a 3.2-mile, high-clearance 4×4 road, beginning in Rockdale. It then crosses 2 segments of Clear Creek. Early spring runoff may make the river impassable. Camping is great at the lake. Another 4×4 lake drive is Lake Ann, which is slightly longer and begins in Winfield.
Address: 41601 Hwy 24, Granite, CO (between Buena Vista and Leadville, CO
Season: Year round
Map: Leadville Ranger District (PDF)