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Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

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Sprague Lake is a scenic lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, located on the "south side of Glacier Creek, about two miles south of the Hollowell turnoff." The half-mile walk around the lake is wheelchair accessible and features boardwalks and bridges with views of Flattop Mountain and Hallet Peak. The lake "provides a pleasant area for brookie fishing."The area is named after Abner Sprague, who started a homestead there in 1874. Later, he opened a lodge for dude ranching, hunting, and fishing. To improve the fishing, he dammed the far end of the lake. The area became part of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915, and continued to serve guests as the Sprague Hotel. In 1919, guests paid $6.00 per room with a private bath, and $1.00 for regular meals. The hotel, which no longer exists, stood near the present day parking lot.
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  • Walk around to the back side of Sprague Lake and look to the mountains. The view is breathtaking! You couldn't take a bad picture of this place if you tried!  more »
  • We took this short hike from Glacier Basin campground through the woods and then walked on the boardwalk around the lake to the picnic areas. There are some really nice shady spots to eat and the kids...  more »
  • This lake is very cool because it isn't as busy as Bear Lake and ones like it and it's very pretty and scenic! It's got a nice little creek/river running from the lake (beware it's very cold- I know t...  more »

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