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Crystal Creek Reservoir

Crystal Creek ReservoirCrystal Creek Reservoir is located on Pikes Peak and is a great place to take kids fishing. It is one of three that are part of the North Slope Recreation Area located northeast of Colorado Springs. Owned and managed by the City of Colorado Springs, these scenic water supply reservoirs and the surrounding area offer numerous recreational opportunities including hiking, picnicking, non-motorized boating, and fishing. With 103 parking spaces, there is ample space for all visitors. Due to the sensitive nature of the surrounding area, people are asked to confine picnics to the developed sites.

There is a small bait and tackle/gift shop at the beginning of the trail head. The trails are gravel and some of the hills and slopes around the lake can be hazardous, so watch where you step. Crystal Creek can be accessed from all sides for fishing or hiking except from the dam.

Crystal Creek Reservoir offers easy access to rainbow, cutthoat, and brook trout for the young or experienced angler. For anglers that are willing to go out in a boat, the occasional lake and brown trout can be caught.

 

This Years Forecast
Water level is expected to be good and fishing should be good to excellent for catchable sized trout. Both rainbow and Snake River cutthroat trout are scheduled to be stocked, with the majority of these fish being stocked in the spring. Crystal Creek Reservoir is an excellent place to introduce kids to fishing as the lake is heavily stocked (17,000 trout annually) and access is generally very easy, especially from the trail system located on the northwest corner of the reservoir. Anglers generally have good success with power bait or worms fished 12 inches off the bottom or fly patterns fished in the late afternoon.

 

Hours of operation are as follows:

May 1 – Thursday before Memorial Day:  9:00am – 4:00pm

Friday before Memorial Day - Labor Day: 7:30am – 7:00pm

Tuesday after Labor Day - Sept 30: 7:30am – 6:00pm

Oct 1 – Third Sunday of October: 9:00am – 4:00pm

In addition, the Recreation Area is closed to fishing during the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Race 



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Directions - 14.2 Miles - 27 Mins

 

  1. From Angler's Covey head west on US 24 W/Cimarron St, go 7.8 miles
  2. Turn left at Pikes Peak Hwy (This road is seasonally closed), go 6.4 miles
  3. Parking is on the left just past the dam.

 

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  • Open Fly Tying Night Events

    When: Dec 02, 14 7:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    No cost open night for all to come share and learn

  • Learn to tie the popular RS2 family of flies. Pre-registration required.

    Fly Tying 301 - RS2 Family Events

    When: Dec 05, 14 6:00 PM Where: Angler's Covey

    Learn to tie the popular RS2 family of flies. Pre-registration required.

  • Fly Tying 101 Events

    When: Dec 06, 14 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Fly Tying 201 Nymph Class Events

    When: Dec 06, 14 10:30 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • TU Day at Angler's Covey

    TU DAY Events

    When: Dec 06, 14 All Day Where: Angler's Covey

    TU Day at Angler's Covey

  • Open Fly Tying Night Events

    When: Dec 09, 14 7:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    No cost open night for all to come share and learn

  • Ladies Only - Holiday Shopping Night Events

    When: Dec 10, 14 6:00 PM Where: Angler's Covey

    Ladies, this is your chance to shop for yourself or your favorite angler while enjoying some hot apple cider, dessert, and holiday cheer! Grab your friends and gift list and head to the Covey for a night designed just for you!

  • Fly Tying 101 Events

    When: Dec 13, 14 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Fly Tying 201 Dry Fly Class Events

    When: Dec 13, 14 10:30 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Open Fly Tying Night Events

    When: Dec 16, 14 7:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    No cost open night for all to come share and learn

  • Fly Tying 101 Events

    When: Dec 20, 14 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Fly Tying 201 Terrestrial Fly Class Events

    When: Dec 20, 14 10:30 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Fly Tying 101 Events

    When: Dec 27, 14 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Fly Tying 201 Streamers Class Events

    When: Dec 27, 14 10:30 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Open Fly Tying Night Events

    When: Dec 30, 14 7:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    No cost open night for all to come share and learn

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STORE HOURS

EVERYDAY 9am-6pm

 

  • Fly Tying 101

    When: Saturday, 12/27/14 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Fly Tying 201 Streamers Class

    When: Saturday, 12/27/14 10:30 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Open Fly Tying Night

    When: Tuesday, 12/30/14 7:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    No cost open night for all to come share and learn

  • Open Fly Tying Night

    When: Tuesday, 01/06/15 7:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    No cost open night for all to come share and learn

  • Fly Tying 101

    When: Saturday, 01/10/15 9:00 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • Fly Tying 201 Nymph Class

    When: Saturday, 01/10/15 10:30 AM Where: Anglers Covey

    PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS PLEASE.

  • 201 Introduction to Aquatic Entomology and Fly selection $30

    When: Saturday, 01/10/15 1:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    Learn about matching bugs to flies

  • Open Fly Tying Night

    When: Tuesday, 01/13/15 7:00 PM Where: Anglers Covey

    No cost open night for all to come share and learn

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