LAKE GEORGE

    Overview of Lake George
  • Founded in 1892 at an elevation of 7,992 feet.

  • The Colorado Midland Railway first brought passengers through Eleven Mile Canyon on July 12, 1887.  With the arrival of the Midland came many settlers and homesteaders.  Among these was an entrepreneur from New York named George Frost.  He knew that the railroad would need ice, so in 1890, he started building the lake and ice house.  Lake George has endured since then as a hotspot for camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting.

  • The South Park National Heritage Area is one of 49 congressionally-designated areas in the United States where natural, cultural, and historic resources occur in nationally important landscapes.  With its natural beauty, mining history, railroading, and agriculture, Lake George is an integral part of this heritage area.

  • The area offers Gold Medal Fishing opportunities throughout the year for brown and rainbow trout, as well as northern pike and kokanee salmon.

  • Lake George provides great recreational opportunities at nearby Eleven Mile and Spinney Mountain State Parks, as well as Tarryall Reservoir and the incredible Tarryall Valley on County Road 77.

  • Visitors to the Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area will be treated to three railroad tunnels, tumbling streams, plentiful picnic areas, fishing areas, and interesting rock formations.  Trails and forest service roads lead into evergreen and aspen forests that glow golden in the fall.

  • Lake George is also known worldwide for its amazonite, microcline, clear and smoky quartz crystals, green and purple fluorite and topaz.  The Smithsonian Institute and other large national museums have Lake George specimens on display.  (Please note that virtually all digging areas in and around Lake George are privately owned claims and it is illegal to dig at these sites.)

  • Lake George is host to an annual Gem and Mineral Show in August.

  • Lake George Community Park is the site of the Arkansas Valley Flywheelers annual Tractor Pull held the third weekend in August.  The annual Lake George Extravaganza community yard sale is the same weekend.

  • The Tarryall National Historic Landscape District encompasses the land along Tarryall Road (County Road 77) from near Lake George to Jefferson.  This landscape district is one of the first of its kind in the state.  The traveler can sense the feeling of living the life of homesteaders who settled along this valley in the early 1860s.  Besides breathtaking scenery, the traveler may spot antelope, mountain lion, bobcat, deer, and domesticated bison, and may need to stop for cattel on the road through this open range.  Plan on about an hour for the drive if there are no stops.
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