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Water skiiing at Sand Mountain

​​​​​​​The park contains a beautiful 1,053 surface-acre lake at 8,100' surrounded by mountains, including views of the ​Continental Divide. The lake is very rarely crowded by any definition, and is ideally zoned to be well-suited for everything from waterskiing to trolling.

Read more about Colorado Boating Laws and Regulations online​ or at the Visitor Center. 

The lake is open from May 1st through November 1st each year.

NOTICE: Aquatic Nuisance Species

Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake State Parks are part of the statewide effort to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS), including zebra and quagga mussels, in the state’s reservoirs and waterways. All vessels that are on a trailer have to be inspected at an ANS station prior to launching. If ANS are detected on any watercraft, decontamination is required. Inspections can be done during posted inspection hours at the boat ramps, or at the Visitor Center. Rangers will also inspect boats by request. 

The pre-inspection program will allow a boater to launch outside of inspection hours. Pre-inspected boats will receive a seal which will need to be removed from the boat and placed in a drop box along with the seal receipt. Launching outside of inspection hours is prohibited without a valid seal and receipt. To speed up the inspection process, boaters are encouraged to clean, drain and dry their vessel. A seal can be obtained at an inspection station, the Visitor Center or by contacting a ranger.

Steamboat Lake Marina

The Marina offers boat and dock rentals, fuel, snacks, camping supplies and firewood. Campers can leave their boats along the shore near their campsite or rent dock space from the Marina. A boat trailer storage area, located west of the Marina, is available for visitors staying at the park. Visit the Steamboat Lake Marina​ website or call them at (970) 879-7019.​