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Cow Creek South Campground

Green Mountain Reservoir

Gore + Mosquito Range, Colorado

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Cow Creek South Campground

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  • Entry to Cow Creek South Campground.- Cow Creek South Campground
  • One of the best sites at Creek South Campground with the Gore Mountains in the background. The 13,420-foot Eagles Nest is at right.- Cow Creek South Campground
  • Typical campsite at Creek South Campground.- Cow Creek South Campground
  • Typical campsite at Creek South Campground.- Cow Creek South Campground
  • One of the best sites at Creek South Campground.- Cow Creek South Campground
  • Vault toilets at Creek South Campground.- Cow Creek South Campground
  • View of Green Mountain Reservoir from Creek South Campground.- Cow Creek South Campground
  • The concentrated camping area at Creek South Campground.- Cow Creek South Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Waterfront campsites. Plenty of space between sites.
Cons: 
Sun and wind exposure. No boat ramp or potable water.
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Region:
Gore + Mosquito Range, CO
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Price per night (basic site): 
13.00 $ (10.92 €)
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Annual Green Mountain Reservoir Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Cow Creek South Campground is an incredible camping spot in the north end of Summit County, Colorado, that is surrounded by sage brush, shoreline willows and cottonwood, expansive views of the Gore Mountain range, and the deep blue waters of Green Mountain Reservoir. It is located just south of Cow Creek North Campground.

Made possible by the construction of the Green Mountain Dam, which was completed in 1942 as a part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, the reservoir is now popular with those interested in angling, boating and camping. Cow Creek South Campground is the largest of five campgrounds surrounding the reservoir, but you'll still have to go to the small town of Heeney to access a boat ramp. The campground provides vault toilets, and each site has a fire ring/grill and picnic table, but there are no other amenities, so be sure to pack in ample water to last the entire length of your stay.

The reservoir is stocked annually with rainbow trout, lake trout, brown trout and kokanee. Master Bait & Tackle in Heeney (970.724.3677) provides provisions for those in need.

​Note: Cow Creek South Campground is typically closed from early May through the end of September. For details call the Dillon Ranger Station at 970.468.5400.

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