The operations at the Steamboat Lake State Park are funded by the fees charged for the purchase of Permits and Passes. The cost of an annual pass to the facility is $60 and a second vehicle pass can be obtained for a cost of $25 more. Residents of the state of Colorado that are sixty-four years of age or older can purchase an Aspen Leaf pass for the park at a cost of $30, an additional pass can be gotten for $15. The passes are good for one year. The cost of daily admission is only $6.
The park has a reservoir that is over one-thousand acres in size at an elevation of eight thousand feet in the Park Range's Willow Creek Valley. The area is filled with wildlife and plants that serve to enhance the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
There are campgrounds at the Steamboat Lake State Park as well. Those with an Aspen Leaf pass receive camping at half price from Sunday through Thursday nights. The Sunrise Vista campground offers a choice of both electric and non-electric sites. The charge is $20 a night for electrical and $16 a night for non-electrical. Dutch Hill campground offers electrical sites for $20 each night at Wheeler Loop. The Bridge Island Loop is $16 each night for non-electrical vehicle sites and the walk-in tent sites are $16 a night as well.
The charge for camper cabins is $80 a night. There is a limit of four to six people per cabin depending on the size. The Aspen Leaf discount does not apply to this facility. There are various water hydrants and vault toilets throughout the park's campground. Campers are asked to stay within designated areas with camping supplies and their party.
There are guidelines that campers at the Steamboat Lake State Park are asked to follow. These include having a permit for camping in addition to the pass for entry to the facilities. Fire rings are provided and the place that campers may have fires to ensure that all the visitors to the park are kept safe and the natural beauty of the area is not destroyed because of carelessness. Hanging items from trees is not permitted in the Steamboat Lake State Park. While pets may enter the park they must be controlled and on leashes at all times during their visit.
There are a number of activities for the visitors to the Steamboat Lake State Park other than camping. The activities include biking, birding, boating and cross country skiing. There are also educational programs available from time to time at the facility. The office for the park is open during the seasons of Fall and Winter from 8am until 4pm daily.
Additional information about the facilities, fees charged for services and directions to the Steamboat Lake State Park can be obtained by contacting the park office directly. Guidelines about the use of the facilities and the rules of the park can be obtained from the office personnel.