Popular demand has won out with the addition of the newest Big Lake Recreation Area campsite.
The 9,100-foot elevation recreation area’s newest site is appropriately named after the local “Apache Trout,” known to Big Lake anglers, and expects to open during the last week of May.
The complex of 124 campsites consists of 44 full hookups that include water, sewer and electricity; 81 non-hookups, and 24 accessible sites with a 14-day stay limit. Trailer spaces offer widths of 16 to 20 feet and 35 to 82 feet.
The facility has an onsite campground host and provides flush toilets, showers, fire rings with picnic tables, drinking water, dump station (no waste dumping on the ground), garbage receptacles and a full service store at the marina. Tents, trailers and motor homes are welcome.
Boat ramps are available at Big Lake and Crescent Lake for boating enthusiasts. Vehicles must stay on existing roads and pets must be restrained or on a leash at all times.
The area consists of mixed conifer and aspen forest and recreation uses include fishing, boating, camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and wildlife viewing.
Currently, sites are on a first-come, first-served basis until the reservation service is available.
Campers are strongly urged to call 1-877-444-6777 or the reservation Web site [http:/www.recreation.gov] prior to your planned outing.