For the last three years I’ve been traveling to Rampart Reservoir to go kayaking and camping. Typically, my wife and sons go and we meet a group of co-workers on the first or second weekend in June. We make reservations early, so we can get the campsites grouped together. This year we had a dilemma. You see, the Waldo Canyon Fire burned an area near the reservoir and the US Forest Service closed the area to all traffic and visitors plus, when we called in February and March they would not give us an anticipated re-opening date. So, we searched for another place to visit and settled on Lathrop State Park. Having never been there we were pleasantly surprised. It has two lakes, Horseshoe and Martin, boat launches at each lake, lots of trailer camping sites and a tent only camping area. The lakes are somewhat restricted in that Martin has a swim beach, and is what you might consider a “play” lake with jet-skiers, ski boats, etc. while Horseshoe is a wake-less lake and more suitable to quiet paddling and fishing. We paddled in both lakes over the course of three days. The weather was quite nice and we had a great time. The park itself is only a few miles west of Walsenburg and, over all, is only about 90 minutes south of Colorado Springs. I’ll bet it can be quite hot at the park as the summer wears on, but early June looks to be just about right. Being a warmer lake, it has bass, walleye and pike fishing in addition to some trout and catfish. I wouldn’t say the fishing was great but we did have fish for dinner. I enjoyed the trip and may be back again, soon.