40468 Highway 92, Crawford, CO. 81415 (MAP) – Western Slope – fees & reservations
About Crawford Park
Crawford State Park is located on the western slope, south of Hotchkiss and east of Delta Colorado. The focus of this park is a 400-acre reservoir against a backdrop of mountain peaks. Enjoy fishing, water skiing, and camping at this park just 12 miles from Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The park’s mild climate is due to its 6,600-foot elevation, providing year-round outdoor recreation.
Anglers will find rainbow trout, perch, crappie, largemouth bass, catfish, and northern pike. Water recreation includes jet and water skiing, sailing, canoeing, and swimming. Winter sports include cross-country skiing and ice fishing — when snow cover or ice thickness allows. Pion-juniper woodlands with mountain mahogany, Gambel oak, and other shrubs dominate the uplands, with areas of sagebrush, desert shrubs, and grasses. Wetlands and riparian areas around the reservoir attract various wildlife and songbirds. Wildlife watchers often find beavers, chipmunks, rabbits, and mule deer at the shoreline in the evening. Migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors are attracted to the reservoir and surrounding habitats in spring and fall. Two campgrounds, Iron Creek and Clear Fork, accommodate tents, trailers, and campers with shower facilities. Iron Creek has electric and water hookups at each campsite.