5 Amazing Lakes of Steamboat Springs, CO

Steamboat Springs, Colorado is full of things to do for the whole family. Whether you are looking for in-town activities, hot springs, shopping, eating, or nature, you can find it in Steamboat Springs. There is something about nature and water that really draws us in, so I’ve made a collection of info about a few awesome lakes in Steamboat Springs, and what you need to know about visiting them. Grab the kids, get your swim suit, and let’s head out for a lake day. Here are the most beautiful lakes in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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#1- Dumont Lake

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Dumont Lake is easy to access. As you pass through Rabbit Ears Pass on US-40, you’ll see a sign for Dumont Lake on the north side. It’s a short, 1-mile drive to reach the lake. Once you park, it’s just a few steps to the lake.

We enjoy just watching for birds and alllll the gorgeous wildflowers. You can also take out a electric motor or hand propelled boat. It’s a great place for fly-fishing and hiking as well.

To park and visit the lake, you are required to pay the day pass fee (currently $5, August 2021). It is open July through late October for both day use and camping (though dates can vary; check the website for up-to-date info). Dumont lake has 22 campsites as well as water (hand pump) and toilets. Camping has a different fee than the day pass and you can make reservations online. Go here to make a reservation.

Why Dumont Lake made the Amazing Lakes of Steamboat list

The scenery here is just incredible. Right as you step out of the car and take a few steps, you see not only the gorgeous lake, set at just under 10,000 feet elevation, but you are surrounded by wildflowers of all colors. My kids loved finding all the different colors. The easy, short trail down to the lake makes it perfect for kids to enjoy; the reward is within reach right when you get there!


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#2- Lake Catamount

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As you drop down Rabbit Ears Pass and make your way into the entrance of Steamboat Springs, you get an incredible view of Lake Catamount. I’ve always wondered about this lake because it’s beautiful, though it never looks crowded.

Lake Catamount is actually a private lake. It is open only to members of the Catamount Ranch and Club. The 530 acre lake is a nice, peaceful, private retreat to those who belong to the club, which also offers a pool, fitness center, grill, tennis, hiking, biking, and much more.

Why Lake Catamount made the Amazing Lakes of Steamboat list

Lake Catamount is a really gorgeous way to welcome you into Steamboat Springs. Coming out of the mountain pass, you are greeted with a large lake below, surrounded by green land and gorgeous property. There are even places along US-40 to pull over and snap a picture, it’s that beautiful.

#3- Steamboat Lake

Steamboat Lake beach area

Steamboat Lake is located within Steamboat Lake State Park. It’s about a 35 minute drive from downtown Steamboat Springs, and a really easy drive.

To spend the day at Steamboat Lake, you need to pay for a day use pass as you enter. There are stations near the lake or you can pay at the Visitor’s Center.

Steamboat Lake is perfect to bring kids to. There’s a great roped-off swim beach where the water is shallow and the sand is fun. It’s also a great place to bring a paddle board, kayak, or even a boat. And if you’re looking for a place to camp near a lake in Colorado, this is one of the most convenient campground. Nearby is a laundromat, a small market, and showers and bathrooms. This is the perfect family camping spot in Steamboat.

Why Steamboat Lake made the Amazing Lakes of Steamboat list

I’m not sure I’ve ever been to a more beautiful lake than Steamboat Lake. It was the perfect day: the kids playing in the sand, hanging out at the picnic table, and taking turns on a SUP. You are surrounded by mountain backdrops, including Hahn’s Peak in the near background. Steamboat Lake is great for a family day out.

Read 8 Fun Things to do at Steamboat Lake State Park

Add to the fun at the lake with a Stand Up Paddle Board. Here’s the one we have, and here are a few more highly-rated (but lower cost) options:

#4- Pearl Lake

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Located in the Hahn’s Peak Village area, and just down the road from Steamboat Lake is Pearl Lake. The place is a real beauty. Though it’s right next to Steamboat Lake, it feels like a whole other world. The setting of the lake is surrounded by tall mountain sides of evergreens. This entire lake is a no-wake zone, so the water is calm. The vast area fills with paddle boarders, kayakers, and people floating and enjoying the peace. For more info on Pearl Lake, see it’s featured spot in my post on Steamboat Lake State Park.

Why Pearl Lake made the list of Amazing Lakes in Steamboat

Pearl Lake feels like a whole new setting. It has its own set of campsites, as well as picnic tables to enjoy the day here. This is definitely one of the most beautiful lakes in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

#5- Hahn’s Peak Lake

Just a few miles up the road from Steamboat Lake State Park is Hahn’s Peak Lake. If your family loves to camp, you can pitch a tent in one of the 23 campsites. At 8,500 feet, you are sitting among the mountains, though still about 2,000 feet below the stunning Hahn’s Peak nearby.

Hahn’s Peak Lake is 160 acres and a great base for fishing, hiking, and biking. You can use a non-motorized OR an electric motor boat in the water. The kids will enjoy a mile long hike along the lake on the West Side Lake Trail.

Why Hahn’s Peak Lake made the list of Amazing Lakes of Steamboat

If you haven’t seen a pattern yet, let me explain. Everything up in the Hahn’s Peak Village area is just gorgeous. Surrounded by forest, water, and exclusive scenery, these mountain lakes are a true gem to behold. Hahn’s Peak Lake is all the beauty, but a more peaceful feeling.

(#6) Honorable Mention: Fish Creek Reservoir

Fish Creek Reservoir in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is a beautiful lake with a great setting. There is a campground near this reservoir and there is plenty of hiking to enjoy as well as fishing and non-motorized boating.

Beautiful Lakes in Steamboat Springs

There is plenty of water to enjoy in and around Steamboat. These 5 lakes are really inspirational though. With beautiful mountains, pines, wildflowers, and glistening waters, these beautiful lakes in Steamboat really take the cake.

Have you visited any of these lakes? When you go to the lake, do you like to relax and enjoy, or play? Let us know below in the comments!

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30 thoughts on “5 Amazing Lakes of Steamboat Springs, CO”

  1. Gorgeous! I love visiting pretty lakes (especially summer when you can go for a swim…) so it is fab to see how many you have to visit with kids near Steamboat Springs. 🙂

    Those fireweed flowers are sooo pretty too. <3

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  2. So many beautiful lakes! I’d like visiting all of them but especially Steamboat and Pearl Lake as they look perfect for some paddle boarding!

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  3. Wow! Those wildflowers at Dumont Lake looks so incredible! I was just in Colorado with a broken down van haha. Unfortunately I did not make it to this area, but I’m definitely saving this for the next time I end up in Colorado. I bet theres some great camping in this area!

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    • Oh dang, I’m sorry your van broke down! At least you probably had beautiful scenery 🙂 Yes, while it may be a little out of the way from the main Colorado Attractions, it’s definitely worth the stop next time you’re in Colorado!

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  4. Steamboat is such a great area and these lakes are all so beautiful. We had the pleasure of visiting Pearl Lake during our time in Steamboat a couple of years ago. It was gorgeous!

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  5. I absolutely love going to mountain lakes! I always feel like water is so calming and restorative, and being among the trees and the mountains just makes for so much beauty. I never knew there were so many lakes here, so now I feel called to visit. Thanks for sharing!

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