Welcome to the US Army Corps of Engineers
Trinidad Lake Recreation Area
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains Sangre De Cristo Range at an elevation of 6,200 ft. on the Purgatoire River, and bordered by the historic Santa Fe Trail, Trinidad Lake State Park offers boating, hiking and camping year round. Trinidad Lake is stocked annually with rainbow trout and offers largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, and walleye. Anglers may fish at any point along the shore or lake except boat docks and ramps. A Colorado fishing license is required.
Trinidad Lake is a multipurpose project for flood control, irrigation and recreation, authorized by the 1958 Flood Control Act. The dam protects the city of Trinidad, Colo., from flood waters and sediment, and holds irrigation water for the Purgatoire River Water Conservancy District.
We hope that your visit is safe and enjoyable and that you will return often.
While the Corps operates the dam project areas, the Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation leases and manages the Trinidad Lake State Recreation Areas. Federal Recreation Passports for these areas are not accepted.
Geocaching is permitted on Corps lands at Trinidad only with express knowledge and approval of the project manger. Contact the project office for more information.
Colorado fishing regulations and weekly fishing reports: Colorado Division of Wildlife's fishing news, stocking, and fishing conditions reports run on a weekly basis from mid-April through Labor Day weekend. License applications and regulation brochures are also available at this site.
Area weather: Current weather conditions for Trinidad, Colorado.
Protect Your Waters and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!
As Americans, we love to spend time on the water. Protecting these resources is an important part of our overall enjoyment. A concern we must all address is the spreading of harmful plants, animals and other organisms. These aquatic nuisance species can hitch a ride on our clothing, boats, and items used in the water. When we go to another lake or stream, the nuisance species can be released. And, if the conditions are right, these introduced species can become established and create drastic results.
So what can we do? By following a simple procedure each time we leave the water, we can help stop aquatic hitchhikers.
Three easy steps: Clean, Drain & Dry
Step 1 – Clean: Remove all visible mud, plants, fish/animals. Examine all your equipment, boats, trailers, clothing, boots, buckets, etc.
Step 2 – Drain: Eliminate water from all equipment before transporting anywhere. Much of the recreational equipment used in water contains many spots where water can collect and potentially harbor these aquatic hitchhikers.
Step 3 – Dry: Clean and DRY anything that came in contact with the water, such as boats, trailers, equipment, dogs, boots, clothing, etc.
Check out Protect Your Waters for more information and details!
Colorado State Specific Information:
Aquatic Invasive Species Decontamination Unit Locations in CO