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Steamboat Lake

Publication Date: 
November, 2009

Steamboat Lake, located 28 miles northwest of Steamboat Springs, Colorado below historic Hahn’s Peak, was completed in 1968. The lake is filled with water from Mill Creek, Larsen Creek, Floyd Creek, Dutch Creek and Willow Creek. At 8,100 feet, surrounded by mountains and views of the continental Divide, Steamboat Lake has a surface area of 1,053 acres. Steamboat Lake is part of the Colorado State Park system. John Fetcher’s passion for preserving Northwest Colorado water for the betterment of the region led him to spearhead the creation of Steamboat Lake on his own ranch. Today, the reservoir is primarily for recreational use.