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Colorado state parks: Sylvan Lake

July 10, 2017 Updated: July 10, 2017 at 7:18 am
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Sylvan Lake

Description: Awe-inspiring mountain views await those who seek this peaceful hideaway out west off Interstate 70. The birds chirping likely will be the dominant sound around the 42-acre lake, which, perhaps to the delight of anglers, is reserved for non-motorized boats. Rent a kayak or canoe if you please during the summer. The White River National Forest frames the park, tucked beneath golden slopes of aspen. Take a leisurely stroll or bike ride around the water, or embark for adventure into the national forest, which also entices big-game hunting. With the surrounding wilderness, the park serves as a base camp. Tents, trailers and RVs set up at 46 sites. Cabins and yurts are also available for reservation.

Activities: Non-motorized boating, hiking and biking around the lake and in the surrounding White National Forest, camping, fishing, limited hunting in park; more open in national forest, geocaching, OHV riding from campground and cabins to designated trails in forest

Wildlife: Elk, mule deer, black bears, red foxes, coyotes, beavers among mammals; hummingbirds and mountain bluebirds among long bird list, including bald eagles in winter; rainbow, cutthroat, brook and brown trout

Fun fact: Unfamiliar with the adjective for which the park is named? From Merriam-Webster: "sylvan," meaning "living or located in the woods or forest."

Address: 10200 Brush Creek Road, Eagle, 81631

Contact: 970-328-2021, sylvan.lake@state.co.us

Hours: Day use 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Directions: Take exit 147 toward Eagle. At traffic circle, take third exit onto Eby Creek Road, Continue on Eby Creek before exit at another traffic circle for Grand Avenue and turn left onto Capitol Street just ahead. In almost a mile, turn left onto Brush Creek Road and follow to park entrance.

SETH BOSTER, THE GAZETTE

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