I was really hoping to rent a Kayak or Canoe today and get out on Steamboat Lake. I love being out on the water. Al’s hesitant to paddle and would rather rent a boat with a motor. “But I want to paddle”……envision a three-year old throwing a tantrum :-) “But, Ingrid, we haven’t been out paddling since our Boundary Water Canoe Area days. Don’t you think we’re a bit out of shape? You do realize we’ll probably end up in the water?” I’m up for the challenge!
Fortunately for Al, the weather wasn’t agreeable. We awoke to overcast cool temperatures and a gentle steady rain fall. Not the kind of boating weather I was hoping for.
We’re in need of a few groceries and could use some internet time as well. Day three of no internet and Al and I are starting to feel the beginnings of withdrawal symptoms. We grab the laptops and head into Steamboat Springs. A little retail therapy wouldn’t hurt either.
Time spent on the internet at a cute book store, check; retail therapy, T-shirt purchased, check; groceries, check; yummy lunch at a bistro, check…….time to return to camp. Although it’s still overcast and the rain comes and goes, we’ll head back to camp slowly, exploring along the way.
Pearl Lake State Park offers a more intimate wilderness experience than Steamboat Lake. Pearl Lake is a tranquil 190 acre lake perfect for fishing and canoeing. The campground is rustic and not recommended for RV’s longer than 35′. There’s only 39 sites, and in our opinion, only a hand-full would accommodate our 31′ rig….all on the upper loop. Pearl Lake State Park is perfect for small trailers and tents. Elevation 7800 feet.
We continue heading north on County Road 129 past Steamboat Lake to check out Hahns Peak Lake. This small lake is a paddlers dream. No motors allowed. The campground sits at 8500 feet in elevation and offers 25 sites. Hahns Peak Lake and Campground is managed by the Routt National Forest and camping fees are very reasonable. It is definitely a little more of a challenge and effort to get to this remote Campground, nestled within a pine and aspen forest.
Al and I are both happy and satisfied with our camping experience at Steamboat Lake, Colorado, and aren’t interested in changing locations during this visit. In the future, we would most likely choose Steamboat Lake State Park again as well. This is truely a beautiful and serene place….a place we hope to return to again and again.