Please read and observe these instructions for your safety and for protection of the water resource. The boat ramp is located at Dikeside; during summer months a boat dock is available. In 1967, the city of Colorado Springs voted that the planned reservoir would eventually be opened for public recreation after construction of the necessary facilities. Five years after its completion, the dam was completely filled and opened to the public as a recreation area. The water is pristine and visibility to the bottom is crystal clear. promotes the subject in a subjective manner, Learn how and when to remove this template message,, Protected areas of El Paso County, Colorado, Bodies of water of El Paso County, Colorado, Articles with peacock terms from July 2020, Articles using infobox body of water without alt, Articles using infobox body of water without image bathymetry, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, S. McLeod - Resident in the lake area and lifetime fishermen Pike National Forest Access and Use GuideCity of Colorado Springs UtilitiesUS Forrest Service Guide to the Pikes Peak Region, This page was last edited on 24 September 2020, at 12:56. The City of Colorado Springs manages the dam and the access to the north dam shore and has started to deny access to the north shore and is currently in the initial stages of a class action lawsuit by fishermen, boaters, hikers, and bicyclists who wish to use the area. Below are weather averages from 1971 to 2000 according to data gathered from the nearest official weather station. The area today is a popular recreation area for boaters, mountain bikers, and hikers. Address: Rampart Range Rd, Woodland Park, CO 80921. The wildlife to be seen include bears, mountain lions, snowshoe hares, and eagles which can almost always be viewed. There is excellent snow-shoe hiking on numerous trails throughout the region. The Rampart Range Reservoir in Pike National forest offers fabulous views of Pikes Peak and other surrounding mountain ranges. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Wading, swimming, and water skiing are prohibited. The reservoir is located on a granite plateau approximately 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above sea level, and consists of a body of water with a capacity of 13,000,000,000 US gallons (49,000,000 m3). Rampart Reservoir closed on June 23, 2012 due to the Waldo Canyon fire. There is no swimming allowed. Rampart Reservoir or Rampart Range Reservoir is a reservoir northwest of the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado in Pike National Forest. Rampart Reservoir Trail is a 13.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Rampart Reservoir is absolutely gorgeous and well worth some amazing photo ops. The reservoir was reopened for limited access (no boats) on Friday, May 24, 2013. This water supplies the domestic drinking water for the city of Colorado Springs, and because of this fact, access to the area was briefly limited after the September 11 attacks on the United States. The frigid water shimmers, and the flank of Pikes Peak is the backdrop for a day of paddling. From late May to mid-October, all trailered and motorized watercraft are only allowed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays when CPW is performing aquatic nuisance species inspections. The reservoir has been stocked with fish by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, which continues to do so today. Whether it be catching fish, snapping some shots of fishermen in their boats, or simply capturing the beauty of the Colorado outdoors, don’t miss your opportunity to bring a good camera and capture it all. Swimming, wading, and body contact with the water in the reservoir is prohibited. Uncover Colorado - Vacations, Travel & Tourism | Sitemap | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer. Camping and camp fires are not allowed in the reservoir area and shore. The reservoir is located on a granite plateau approximately 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above sea level, and consists of a body of water with a capacity of 13,000,000,000 US gallons (49,000,000 m 3 ). The reservoir is part of the Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area, thou… Phone: 719-553-1404 (USFS) Season: Year round, Parking Lot and Campground are open from Early May to Late October (Winter Access to the Reservoir via the Rainbow Gulch Trail) Hours: 24/7 Boating safety regulations are posted near the ramp. The dry land encompassing the lake is Pike National Forest and open to public access 24 hours a day and seven days a week. After many years of drought conditions and the devastating Waldo Canyon Fire, the lake is again filled to capacity as of 2015. 9,000 ft (2,700 m) Rampart Reservoir or Rampart Range Reservoir is a reservoir northwest of the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado in Pike National Forest. The fishing is typically excellent with many species of trout including record size Lake trout. Historical Weather. In 1969, the reservoir's dam was built, stretching 3,400 feet (1,000 m) long and 230 feet (70 m) high. It’s a perfect place to perfect your flat-water boating skills. Hand launched watercraft may be launched from the boat ramp Monday – Sunday 7 a.m. – 5 p… Stay at least 150' from people fishing from shore… The weather can change to rain, hail, low temperatures, extremely dangerous lightning, and even tornados in one hour from a clear blue sky. Many anglers have discovered the joys of fishing from their sea kayaks here; canoes are often seen reflected in the still waters, and we’ve spotted kayakers working on their techniques in some of the narrow coves. This article is about the reservoir in Colorado. West end of Rampart Reservoir. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. The area is located 4.2 miles east of Woodland Park on Rampart Range Road, FSR 300. Rampart Reservoir is just a 40 minute drive from the west side of Colorado Springs and just east of the town of Woodland Park. For the canceled Alaska dam project, see. Boaters must be able to get on and off watercraft without getting in the water. Please remove or replace such wording and instead of making proclamations about a subject's importance, use facts and attribution to demonstrate that importance.