An oasis in the high plains, John Martin Reservoir is a water sports haven for southeastern Colorado. It’s located in the little community of Hasty, Colorado, about two hours east of Pueblo.
Biking: Permitted throughout the park, but there are no specific trails.
Birding: More than 370 species of birds inhabit the region at some point during the year.
Boating: Open to motorboats as well as water skiing, jet skiing, and sailboarding. Lake Hasty only permits electric and non-motorized vessels. Closed from November 1 – March 15.
Camping: There are 213, 60+ feet long basic (Point Campground) and electric hookup (Lake Hasty) campsites with water open year-round. Showers and laundry are also available from April 15 to Oct 31. Seasonal closures at each campground each winter season. There is a nightly fee for both sites. Reservations can be made in advance.
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Fishing: John Martin Reservoir has a variety of warm-water fish including bass, crappie, saugeye, channel catfish, walleye, wiper, bluegill, and drum. Below the dam is Lake Hasty, which is stocked with trout.
Hiking: The Red Shin Trial is a popular 4.5-mile loop leading you past the reservoir, Native American carvings, historic canals, and the Prowers-Hudnell Ranch.
Horseback Riding: Permitted on all the trails, but horses are not allowed in campgrounds.
Picnicking: Reservable picnic sites are scattered along the shoreline and in shaded areas.
Swimming: The swim beach is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Address: 30703 County Rd 24, Hasty, CO
Hours: 5 am-10 pm (unless camping, fishing, or boating)
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