Eleven Mile: Rules and Regulations

Fishing Regulations

  • Trout daily bag/possession limit is four fish, of which no more than two can be 16 inches or longer.
  • Northern pike has NO bag/possession limit.
  • Kokanee salmon daily bag/possession limit is 10 fish at all times of the year; snagging is allowed east of the inlet buoy line: Oct. 1 - Dec. 31.
  • Ice fishing allowed only when conditions permit. Denver Water does not monitor ice conditions, therefore it is important to be aware of changing ice conditions and proceed at your own risk.
  • Only portable ice fishing shelters are permitted and must be removed from surface of lake when not in use.
  • The use of live minnows is strictly prohibited.
  • Fishing guides and outfitters who use the park for commercially guided fishing or recreation activities are required to purchase a special-use permit. Please contact the park office for more details at 719-748-3401.
  • Please check the Colorado Parks and Wildlife for a complete list of all fishing regulations.

Boating Regulations

  • PFDs (personal flotation devices) must be worn at all times by children 13 years and under.
  • Water-contact sports such as wading, swimming, scuba diving, water-skiing or towing of any water toys are prohibited.
  • Windsurfing or use of a personal watercraft, like a Jet Ski, is allowed with a full body wetsuit.
  • Boat docks are for loading and unloading only.
  • Mooring at or fishing from the docks is prohibited.
  • There is an enforced five-minute use limit while mooring at the dock.
  • Islands within the reservoir are closed to all public use.
  • The reservoir is closed to boating from one half-hour after sunset to one half-hour before sunrise daily.
  • It is unlawful to operate a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • All trailered boats will be subject to mandatory aquatic nuisance species inspections, conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in cooperation with Denver Water.

Camping Regulations

  • A maximum of six people, two motorized vehicles and one camping unit is allowed per site.
  • All types of camping are restricted to a total period of no more than 14 days. Following the 14-day period, person(s) may not relocate within the Eleven Mile area for a period of seven days.
  • It is illegal to dump waste or sewage, including dishwater.
  • Visitors are required to display both a vehicle pass and a camping permit.
  • All vehicles must be kept strictly on campsite parking pads.
  • The toilets, showers and laundry facilities at the camper services building are closed from Oct. 1 to May 1.
  • To preserve the park's natural vegetation, please do not tie or attach anything to the plants or trees.
  • Management asks that quiet be maintained between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

General Regulations

  • Swimming, wading, scuba diving, wind surfing and water skiing are prohibited.
  • Discharging firearms, except when hunting, is prohibited.
  • All pets must be kept on a leash and under control at all times; pet owners must clean up after pets.
  • Motor vehicles are restricted to designated roads and parking areas.
  • State traffic and game laws apply at the Eleven Mile area unless otherwise specified.
  • Off-road vehicle use of the area is prohibited.
  • Snowmobiling on the reservoir is prohibited.
  • It is unlawful to use, light or ignite fireworks or explosives of any type.
  • All special events require a permit.