Jackson Lake State Park, Orchard
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We camped here over Labor Day weekend. We like the spots in the loops because they are pretty big for our group of 20+. This park has flushing toilets and quarter operated showers. I like coming here ... read more »
Went to enjoy the day there.. Soon as you walked up you can smell the oder the went to the "BEACH AREA" there were so man dead fish along the shore. Some were even bones have ben there for along time ... read more »
We wanted to rent a jetski for my brother's 18th birthday. The rental service was godawful. They were rude overall. They offered us times they didn't have and asked for a thousand dollar deposit in CA... read more »
We had a ladies only camped here with of course our kiddos last month, and we all had a great time. The beach area was great to play and just have fun for our little ones. They have convenient store for your convenience of course. They have fishing and you can also boat if you like. The park was clean and most importantly is we all feel safe...park ranger were out and about the area at night for a check. I felt very safe and we all had fun in our first camp experience 👍👍
I rented a pontoon boat from here a few months before our planned trip for my husbands 30th birthday. We were so excited for this trip. We booked a campsite for our stay. We arrived 30 min early as per instructions with $600 in cash for the required deposit. When we arrived is was abousiovs that they had no intention of renting the boat that day. This should not be called a marina. They don'the even have a dock just a ramp. We checked in with the "marina" and It went from "do you know what a pontoon boat it?" to "who's driving? Are they here?" "Are they experienced driving a pontoon boat?" to "I only have one person that can put the boat in and he can't do it by himself" to "its too windy, come back in an hour". We were at the lake all day and watched all the personal boaters have loads of fun on the lake while we watched from the shore. It was a beautiful day, and never got windy. They ruined our trip and it didn't bother them a tad. Don't waste your time reserving a boat from them! Had to explain to my 5 and 8 year old why we couldn't go boating. As if i knew?!? Lazy workers? I have no idea. Ruined a perfectly good family camping trip. As for the lake it's self. There were large dead fish everywhere. They smelt horrible and because of this there were flys everywhere. The shore lines were covered in fish bones. The facilities were OK, I expect more from a state park. Just because we have stayed at many of them and they usually have very nice and clean rest rooms and showers. The camp sites are very close to your neighbors with very little privacy. I was surprised by the lack of trails. We were hopong for some good day hikes but all there are is a few 10 min. trails. The kids activities saved the trip however. They were fun and engaging and the Ranger worked very hard to please everyone. This is one State Park we can check off our list. But we won't be coming back.
I just got back and I have to agree with others from Denver - not worth the drive :( Aurora Reservoir and Soda Lakes by Morrison are much nicer. First off, big dead carp on the beach and even when I moved that off, there was still dead fish smell. The water is green and not clear. I was wondering if it was just a bad day, but two residents of Wiggins told me this was a good year. This was probably the biggest drawback in my book. There was NO ranger in sight on any part of the swim beach the 4 hours we were there. Thus people have some loud music, smoke weed and have their dogs in the water. Will never go back as they are better, closer places to go to.
Less crowded, great swim beach, not too far of an escape from Denver. Camping doesn't really provide shade but day trips are easy for a hot day without the crowds of the Platte and Boulder Res.
I was excited that there was still a campground available a few days before I decided to come here. But I'll never camp here again. In spite of the posted quiet hours, people with RVs were running generators well past midnight, dogs were barking, and, I kid you not, car alarms went off several times throughout the entire night. It was the worst night of sleep I've ever had. I was shocked the rangers didn't come around and tell people to turn off generators. The beautiful natural scenery was ruined for me.
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