Prewitt Reservoir is a picturesque lake, situated southwest of Sterling on Highway 6 or 76. Activities at the park include wakeless boating, camping, fishing and hunting. Visitors ages 19-64 must have a state hunting or fishing license, or an Annual Jumbo SWA/Prewitt SWA to access the property.
The area is full of wildlife, especially waterfowl. They flutter around, flying to and from the lake. It’s quite a sight. The reservoir is also calmer, and less windy than nearby North Sterling Res or Jackson Lake.
Prewitt Reservoir S.W.A. in Northeastern Colorado
One of over three state wildlife areas in Colorado, Prewitt Reservoir welcomes visitors year round. Nature viewing and birding is phenomenal in the park, with a unique praireland setting in Colorado.
Camping at Prewitt
There are no established campgrounds, but dispersed camping is permitted around the property, unless posted. There are numerous lakeside campsites marked by a fire ring. It’s the closest free, lakeside, camping to Denver that I can think of.
The free campsites surround the lake. A dirt road wrap arounds the lake as well for easy access. You can pull your car directly up and pitch your tent.
The town tiny plains town of Merino is about ten minutes north on 6. There is one restaurant in town called Jambalaya’s that’s worth a visit. Hillrose is also just to the south, and has a restaurant and a bar. The closest large town is Sterling, which is only 20 minutes northeast on US 6. Fort Morgan is the largest town to the southwest of Prewitt, about thirty minutes east on 76.
Address: Highway 6, Merino
Phone: 970-842-6300 – area SWA office
Season: Year round
Map: Prewitt Reservoir (PDF)
Camping: No campgrounds, but dispersed camping is permitted.
Fishing: Fish Survey and Management Data (PDF)