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Camping at Julesburg Reservoir (Jumbo) is closed but day fishing and boating is open
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
As summer approaches, Colorado Parks and Wildlife remains committed to providing outdoor recreation activities to Coloradans while also ensuring everyone stays safe. CPW is gradually reopening campgrounds across the state in a phased approach to ensure that local communities and staff are ready, and visitors are well prepared to camp safely.

Camping at Julesburg Reservoir (Jumbo) State Wildlife Area will remain closed until further notice. People may still visit the Jumbo Reservoir SWA for day-use recreation and take advantage of fishing and boating opportunities in Colorado’s great outdoors.

“We understand people are anxious to get outside and embrace the warm weather and quality fishing opportunities Colorado provides”, said Area Wildlife Manager Todd Schmidt. “We encourage people to participate in outdoor activities, like fishing and boating, that can be enjoyed at a safe social distance from others.”

Jumbo Reservoir is a popular fishing spot for Colorado anglers. It is known for its calm water conditions and contains a robust population of warm water species, like walleye and crappie.

Visitors to wildlife areas are asked to follow outdoor recreation best practices to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and visit wildlife areas responsibly. Fishing licenses are available online at During boating inspections, follow our ANS inspection safety guidelines and maintain a safe social distance from staff and others.

For more information on SWA camping, please read our Camping FAQ. Visit the CPW website to discover open Colorado campgrounds.