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Accessibility Description
  
 Hunting
some universally-accessible features are available; some facilities accessible with assistance
12/16/2013 10:02 AM
 Showers
Showers NOT available. 
4/25/2017 12:14 PM
 Restrooms

​An accessible vault toilet is located at the entrance to the park, and thre are two more vault toilets in the campground.  

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Activity Description
  
 Biking
Four miles of wide, level gravel trails in the wildlife area provide a pleasant, safe hiking or mountain biking experience among the low dunes and wetlands. The wildlife area is closed from Feb. 15 until July 15.
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 Birding

​Great birding opportunities are currently available at San Luis Lake and at the State Wildlife area which is now open.  There are many shorebirds in the area, in addition to many other species.

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 Boating
San Luis Lake is currently closed to motor boats but hand launched boats may be used. Call the Monte Vista CPW Office at 719-587-6900 for current water levels at boat ramp accessibility.  
When the lake is at normal water levels, water skiing, motor boating, personal watercraft, fishing, sailing and windsurfing are popular activities at San Luis Lake. The 890 surface-acre lake is a sandy, shallow bowl with gently sloping sides and few hazards. The wide boat ramp and stable water level provides boaters with easy loading and unloading of vessels. All boats must remain south of the wildlife area buoy line at the north end of the lake to protect valuable waterfowl nesting habitat. San Luis Lake, at 7,519 feet in elevation, is the warmest body of water in the San Luis Valley. Swimming is not permitted in the lake. Colorado boating statutes and regulations apply.
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 Camping
San Luis State Wildlife Area features a modern campground. All 51 sites have electrical hookups, sheltered tables, fire grills, and an available dump station. Campsites feature a panoramic view of San Luis Lake, the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range and the Great Sand Dunes. The campground has two vault toilets.  Bring your own water as the campground does not have any potable water or showers. Bring your own firewood and ice. 
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 Dog-friendly

Dogs are welcome in the state wildlife area as long as:

  • they are on a six foot or shorter leash at all times

  • their waste is properly disposed of

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 Fishing

​Fishing is allowed. Boat ramp will open for boat fishing this summer if water level is high enough. 

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 Horseback Riding
Four miles of wide, level gravel trails in the wildlife area provide a pleasant, safe hiking or mountain biking experience among the low dunes and wetlands. The wildlife area is closed from Feb. 15 until July 15 annually.
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 Hunting

Hunting of big game, waterfowl and small game is permitted in the wildlife area north of San Luis Lake when in season. 

Refer to to the CPW hunting regulations brochures​ for current possession limits and information on special restrictions, regulations and hunting seasons. 

The wildlife area is closed from Feb. 15 until July 15 annually.

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 Picnicking

The Needles Picnic Area is located at the boat ramp and has restroom facilities. Originally designed for individual family use, the area is also popular with groups. Additional picnic sites are located along the western shore of San Luis Lake. 

For the past few years San Luis Lake has been dry and no water to fill the lake is in the foreseeable future.

6/13/2017 2:54 PM
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Condition Description
  
 Boat Ramps
Due to low water levels, the boat ramp is closed, but will open this summer if water levels are high enough. 
4/25/2017 3:57 PM
 Boating
No boating at this time, except for hand launched boats.
 
6/1/2016 4:55 PM
 Camping

The campground will open May 1st.  The campground has electric sites, but beginning in 2017, please BRING YOUR OWN WATER, ICE, AND FIREWOOD.  Showers will no longer be available on the park.  To make reservations for a campsite, go to reserveamerica.com. Reservable dates are May 15-July 15.  

4/25/2017 3:51 PM
 Fishing Report
There is some water in the lake, but insufficient to sustain a fishery.
6/1/2016 4:55 PM
 Seasonal Closures

The wildlife area is closed annually from February 15 until July 15, for waterfowl nesting. This includes trail closure through the area. 

10/7/2016 2:05 PM
 Trails
San Luis State Park is open for day use. Trails in the wildlife area north of the lake are closed annually from February 15 until July 15th. This closure is due to wildlife nesting.
6/1/2016 4:58 PM
 Water Levels
San Luis Lake now contains some water due to run-off. There is also water at Head Lake and wetland complex in the San Luis Lakes Wildlife Area.
6/1/2016 4:59 PM
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Directions
  
 General
Take Highway 160 west from Walsenburg for 60 miles just past the town of Blanca. Go north on Highway 150 for 13.5 miles. Turn left on Six Mile Lane and drive straight for 8 miles and then drive north 1/8 mile to park entrance.
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 Phone(719) 587-69004/25/2017 12:23 PM