Post By: flysthelimit Posted: 5/23/2012 1:51:23 PM Points: 211
Fished Tarryall last weekend and the trout and small pike bite was very consistent. Thinking about takeing the family up this weekend and would like to do primitive camping. Has anyone tried to camp during memorial day weekend in the past? Or have opinions on how crowded it may be for camping purposes? An earlier thread mentioned Packer gulch
I would imagine if the campground is already reserved or will be full shortly. You can camp on national forest property or BLM property by law. Your tax dollars paid for those lands....
I would take a look at the state maps and try to find a forest road and pick one of the dispersed camping sites. Tost lakes within a short drive of Denver and Colorado Springs will be packed this weekend. There is a little reservoir just east of Tarryall that has a campground on it, let us know if you fish it. Curious how it fishes. Might be less crowded than Tarryall. Jefferson and Antero will likely see considerable pressure this weekend as well.
Reply by: pridetattoo Posted: 5/26/2012 9:56:16 AM Points: 75
In the past I used to camp in the national forest at jefferson lake and then drive over t taayall to fish. Camping is free as stated above...our tax dollars pay for it :} You can camp most anywhere you want on that side. Be mindfull of the fire bans, not sure if there are any up there or not. I have not got to fish tarryall or Jefferson for two years, so dont really know what the conditions are up there right now. But, this is how you get to the FREE camping area where you can pitch a tent, dig a hole and start a fire (bans permiting) even do some four wheeling!
Go to Jefferson lake, but at the ranger station where you pay your fee take a right. Yup, that little dirt road on the other side of the fence leads you to the national park area. Wanna say Pike National Forest but not sure if I am correct. Follow the road past the no camping/hunting signs it will make a nice turn to the left and open up nicely for trailer camping, or keep followig the trail, cross over the river (dont worry it is not that deep), but fun to cross! Once you cross over the little stream you are in the type of camping you want. Follow the trails, find a spot you like and pitch a tent!