US Army Corps of Engineers
Albuquerque District

Trinidad Lake Project

Trinidad Lake, Colorado

Welcome to the U.S. 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. All America the Beautiful Discount Passes are available for purchase at this lake. However, due to this lake's recreation areas being managed by Colorado State Parks, America the Beautiful Discount Passes are not recognized at this location.

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.

Click here for Colorado fishing regulations.  Click here for 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.


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Protect Your Waters and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! 

Clean, Drain & Dry before transporting your boat or equipment.  

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