Jackson Lake State Park Review

Featured image courtesty Jackson Lake State Park.

Last weekend we stayed at Jackson Lake State Park, and since I know we will be taking the RV out a lot over the next several years, I thought I’d start a section on here to review some of these places. 

First, Jackson Lake State Park is located in Fort Morgan, about an hour’s drive East of Greeley on highway 34. Getting to this place is pretty easy, but you have to go down a few washboard dirt roads to get to the campground. Many RVers know that washboard roads and RVs don’t really mix. It can jar a lot of things lose. We found that out quickly when our table came loose from the wall as well as a water leak. Thankfully both, were minor issues caused by things jiggling around a little too much. Definitely make sure you’ve got things secured when going down those roads. 

 Attractions: 

Website: https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/jacksonlake I love when places have websites because you can get a lot of information from a place without having to jump on the phone. They even have a facebook page. Since this is a state park, you need a state park pass, or you pay the daily admission.

Parks Passes

  • Daily Pass: $8.00
  • Annual Pass: $80.00 (affixed) or $120.00 (hang tag)
  • Aspen Leaf Annual Pass (64+) : $70.00

Additionally, a Parks Pass is required for each day of camping. 

  • Basic Campsite: $28.00
  • Electric Campsite: $36.00
  • Dump Station Fee: $28.00 

Showers

All showers at Jackson Lake require payment: $0.50 for the first three minutes, $0.25 for each additional minute.

Marina Rentals

  • Boat, jet-ski, and equipment

For fees and rental information, contact the Shoreline Marina at 1.970.645.BOAT(2628).

No Cell Coverage: There is no cellphone coverage in this location.  We got a signal for a little while Friday night and we were able to upload a few videos, but nothing the rest of the time we were there.

Jackson Lake Swim Beach: It’s small, but secluded and great for kids. 

Partial Hookups with portable drinking water: Our site had electric, no water, but we were able to fill our tanks when we got there before we arrived at our site. 

Bike Trails: Bring the bikes because the trails are beautiful. 

Fishing: This is a warm water lake, fishing is welcome and easily accessible. While we stuck our poles in the water we didn’t get any fish, but we didn’t have to right bait for warm water fishing.  You should find walleye, saugeye, catfish, perch, rainbow trout in these waters.

Boating: Boating is allowed outside wake zones. 

Geocaching: Jackson Lake State Park hosts two geocaching sites:  “5 O’Clock Somewhere” and “Centennial.” A Parks Pass is required to enter the park.

 

Cons: 

Now it could be just the time of year, but it was extremely windy two of the three days we were there. Hopefully, that’s not a regular thing. It kept us in our RV a good chunk of the day when there was much we wanted to do and explore outside. Also while interesting to watch, Barn swallows or sparrows have taken up nesting in the roofing at the onsite bathrooms. The tables outside the bathrooms are covered in bird poop and you shouldn’t sit at them. The bird poop is such a problem that you crunch on it on the sidewalk on the way to the bathrooms. 

Pros: 

It has a Marina store! While we didn’t buy anything and we only peaked our head inside discovering it on a bike ride, if you’ve forgotten anything on your trip, you might be able to get it at the Marina store! They sell gas right outside the store as well for your boats. Parking at the Marina store is generous, and the dock is right there.  

 

Would we stay at this campground again: 

I think we would give it another try. One of the things we didn’t prepare for, entertainment wise was not having cell coverage. If you are in need of communication with the world, you might want to consider another location. If you do desire to be remote and unreachable, this would be a perfect location for that. 

About Heather Jones

I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

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14 thoughts on “Jackson Lake State Park Review

  1. I will be adding this to one of our destinations when we take our next vacation to that area, so may cool things to do

  2. It looks like this would be a fun place to hang out with the family. I love going to someplace like this it unplugged you from everything electronically and you just have fun hanging with the family.

  3. What a cool place to be with family. I’m not sure if we could do it though: we need our phones to work at all times!

  4. There are a lot of activities in Jackson Lake State Park, but of course the weather needs to be right. No cell coverage could be a blessing as it would enable a digital detox.

  5. It is so helpful to know what to anticipate before arriving. I’m sure it was a beautiful location! I’ll be prepared with extra screen-free entertainment when we visit.

  6. I was just talking to our neighbor about camping the other day. Him and his wife had a blast. We have never tried going camping as family. I’d love to try it. I think it’s fun.

  7. I’ve never heard or been here before. However, it looks gorgeous and I would love to mark it off my list! The pricing is super reasonable!

  8. Seems like a great State Park. Thanks for pointing this one out, we’ll have to add it to our travel plans.

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