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Lake: Strontia Springs Reservoir

Strontia Springs Reservoir

Post By: le_trout      Posted: 4/9/2017 9:18:43 AM     Points: 525    
I finally biked all the way up Waterton to the dam without getting sidetracked with fishing before I got up there. There were signs all over the place touting No Trespassing warnings, making the only way to get in either illegally passing fences or bushwhacking around them.

So what gives? Is Strontia completely at the mercy of Denver Water? Does no-one get to test its waters for large, hungry browns?

Should I call Denver Water and ask what's​ up? My curiosity is super piqued because I'd love a shot at fishing a hard-to-access lake.
 Reply by: richw88      Posted: 4/9/2017 10:04:34 AM     Points: 18    
Strontia is open to fishing but hard to get to from below. Much easier to walk in from above. But the shore is rocky and hard to negotiate. No trails I know of. It is owned by DWB.
They've been doing regular Waterton Cyn closures for construction the last few years. I don't know if there are access closures now, but sounds like you ran into some, or maybe you were talking about getting around the dam. Normally, when it's open, you can bike right up the road to the dam face with no detours, but then the trail gets rougher.
 Reply by: Snagaddict      Posted: 4/9/2017 8:27:29 PM     Points: 281    
If you follow the Colorado trail at the top of Waterton Canyon headed south, then follow Bear Creek downstream once you reach it, you can fish the lake from shore there, too. I did a bike and backpack overnight there a few years back, and found alright fishing. But the shoreline is steep there, just like everywhere else. But there are some approachable spots and the creek can be fishable seasonally.
The total trip from the Waterton lot is close to 9 miles. We ditched the bikes near the dam and locked them to a tree because the first section of the Colorado Trail there is very steep, and was too much with the heavy packs we had on. We did see cyclists without packs, though.
There are rumors of big fish, probably started by the Denver Water guys. We didn't see any of that. But there are perch and several species of trout in the lake.
Good luck, and let us know how you do if you try it. We really had a blast up there when we did it.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 4/10/2017 5:44:37 AM     Points: 8170    
Back in the day,we used to walk down to the inlet,when the ice was good . . .we would ice fish there. GOD was it fun!We used the narrow gage R.R. grade as a trail down to the ice . . .I'm not too sure about how much of the lake is accessable from the river,but I think your going to find access to the water going to be tough any way you try.
 Reply by: shmiley1      Posted: 4/10/2017 3:25:29 PM     Points: 2577    
You can get the lake a few ways.
The CO trail accessed via waterton canyon has already been mentioned.
You can access from above the lake starting from the platte forks confluence and head down stream,to the lake.
Southish side..if you take the highway from sadilia up to the rampart range road, there is a trail head on the right near there that can take you back down to the lake.
You can also get there from the northish via a small hard to find trail that pretty much follows the creek down. This area is surrounded by private property so be respectful if you go poking around.

None of the access points are close to the lake. The terrain both on trails and at the lake is very unforgiving.
Ive caught some monsters around that lake but its been years since i fished it.1 thing is.... You definatly wont get crowded unless you are at the inlet.