Crystal Creek Reservoir – Pikes Peak

If you’ve ever traveled the Pikes Peak Highway, or saw highlights of the annual auto race, you know that it goes to the top of Pikes Peak at 14,114 feet. But, along the way there are three reservoirs which capture some of the melting snow and is then used for local drinking water. The highway drives across the Crystal Creek reservoir dam, but you need to leave the highway to get to South Catamount and North Catamount reservoirs. The area is known as the North Slope Recreation Area. It costs 4 dollars per person to take the highway to the lakes for the day. Most of the visitors are  tourists taking photos or fisherman. We were on the lake with only two other kayakers.

The water level is higher than last year, which is nice, and the weather was a little cloudy and cool, but the water was good enough for paddling.

Crystal Creek Reservoir with Pikes Peak in the background

Crystal Creek Reservoir with Pikes Peak in the background

Lisa paddled her boat, the Sea Island Sport sit-on-top kayak, while I brought the Mill Creek 13 with the wood-strip deck. She really likes her boat. It’s sleek and easy to paddle, and with that unusual hull design is also very stable.

We paddled a few hours and then the clouds got darker and the wind picked up so we loaded the boats back on the truck and headed back home. It was good to get out and work out the shoulders a little bit and take in some scenery.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Parking at Crystal Creek Reservoir

Parking at Crystal Creek Reservoir

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