Crystal 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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