The Wolford Reservoir offers just over 1,500 surface acres to paddle. Located north of Kremmling Colorado, the reservoir is one of the least used reservoirs in the state.
From our shop in Eagle-Vail, you have three options. For this outing, we chose to take the very scenic drive from Wolcott to Toponas. At Toponas, you jump on HWY 134 and wind your way through the Rout National Forest. The highway drops you off across the street from the main boat ramp.
Another great option is to take trough road out of State Bridge and follow the Colorado River all the way to Kremmling. Trough road is a dirt road and can be slow at times. Once you meet up with highway 9, you make a left turn and head through Kremmling.
You can also take I-70 to Silverthorne and head north on Highway 9 through Kremmling.
There is a $5 day use vehicle fee so be sure to bring extra cash. Once on the water, the best views will be to the south where you can see the full span of the Gore Range. Paddling along the shoreline is advised due to the high winds that tend to come in around noon. The many fingers of the coastline offer hours of wake-free paddling and safe areas for swimming and relaxing on the boards. The map above details a quick trip from the boat dock to one of the wake-free areas on the reservoir.
Known for fishing, we recommend that you also bring a few rods. The Wolford Reservoir is filled with Rainbow and Brown Trout along with Kokanee Salmon. For the Salmon, you’ll want to fish the deeper depths. There are also Northern Pike in the Reservoir but they are considered an invasive species. A few years ago, someone released Pike into the water and they have since spawned and are now attacking the trout population. The Colorado Department of Wildlife will pay you $20 for every Pike caught.
If you’re looking for a nice, quiet day on the water, you really can’t beat the Wolford Reservoir.