Reply by: Gwill Posted: 7/23/2015 8:04:42 AM Points: 3970
We fished it alot as kids. From Deckers where the north and south fork of the platte come together, there is a trail that follows the river down into the lake. Not sure how far into the lake you can get that way. You can also get there from Waterton Canyon. You have the go the six miles up to the dam and then take the Colorado Trail and it is another 1.2 miles I think to get to the creek that goes down to the lake.
Reply by: bron Posted: 7/23/2015 9:17:04 AM Points: 34602
What's the shortest easiest access point? Don't want to get my 11 year old son on a death march. I fished the Platte quite a ways towards the reservoir but didn't go all the way there. As I remember it--a dirt road runs along the river and it was an easy walk. Not sure if that's the shortest way there though.
Reply by: esoxrocks Posted: 7/23/2015 9:19:41 AM Points: 2486
There were a few posts on Strontia last year. Seems like a big hike-in was involved from the Colorado trail. Regarding coming on from the other direction (i.e., confluence @ South Platte Hotel)...the road on north side of the river ends abruptly well before the main part of the lake (and has signs indicating no trespassing) so I haven't ever tried to hike-in from that point. It would definitely require some bushwhacking. Also, if there is a path on the south side of the river that goes all the way to the lake, I don't know about it..The Colorado trail access approach (from Waterton Canyon) is doable, but involves the big hike-in referenced in last years posts. The guys in the post backpacked in and camped at the lake.
Reply by: bron Posted: 7/23/2015 9:28:12 AM Points: 34602
Yeah--I read all the posts on the lake page before I started this post. My furthest walk in there was from Waterton on the dirt road--if I kept going I guess I would have reached the reservoir but I don't know how far I had to go.
We tried to get there from waterton a couple years ago. We did a lot of hiking and never found the trail that runs down to the res. On our way back I talked to a couple guys that work for Denver water and they said with all the rain there is a lot of vegetation growth and the trail may be over-grown and hard to find.
I now have surrendered my path-finding badge and my sons are limiting me to established paths at least my sons are smart.
If you find a way in that does not require a gps let me know. I would still like to fish that water.
Reply by: bron Posted: 7/23/2015 2:44:27 PM Points: 34602
A guy I work with has rode his bike to the dam--he says it would be an hour hike from the Waterton Trail head. He told me there were a couple steep paths going up either side of the dam then but he didn't go up them.
Back in the 80's we would walk down from the old Deackers hotel parking lot where the two forks of the Platte meet . . .we followed the narrow gauge R.R. tracks grade,but we only went during the winter to ice fish it . . .not sure you will be able to get past the point where the river meets the lake.
They dredged strontia 2 years ago or so, that's why waterton was closed for like a year+.
Before that reports here and elsewhere indicated was decent trout and perch fishing, sort of like Seaman lite. The fish didn't seem plentiful, but they have to be awfully dumb. Used to have kokes and tigers, not since hayman though.
No word on the fishing post-dredge that I know of. With all the water that moved through this year I think that lake will be a little discombobulated for a few years, but like every lake that goes through a disturbance the fish populations will come roaring back and provide great fishing a few years down the road.
I've never done it. Everything in that last post is 2nd hand.
Everyone tells me the bike-n-hike in from the Waterton side is no walk in the park. Lots of rattlers in that area, so be aware. The trail is shown on the National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps available through REI. Having an accurate toporaphic map will give you a good idea of what the hike is going to be like.