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Pearl Lake State Park, Clark

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Pearl Lake State Park, at the base of Hahn's Peak, is in Routt County, Colorado near the town of Hahn's Peak, Colorado and is north of Steamboat Springs. Pearl Lake is named for M. Pearl Hartt, the wife of pioneer sheep rancher, John Kelly Hartt.
John Kelly Hartt was a principal owner of three of the largest sheep companies in U.S. history—Pioneer, Cow Creek and Yellowstone. The sheep wintered near Rawlins, Wyoming. The Cow Creek and Pioneer sheep summered near Hahn's Peak, Colorado in the place that is now Pearl Lake. John Kelly Hartt died in the early 1950s, eventually resulting in the sale of the land by his wife, Pearl, to the U.S. Forest Service. That sale was thought to be the event that shifted this region from primarily agricultural to primarily recreational.
Recreational opportunities in Pearl State Park include camping, boating, fishing and picnicking. There are 36 campsites amongst the forest of fir, spruce and pine. In addition to tent camping, trailers and small motor homes are permitted. The park also has two yurts available for rent. The 167acre lake permits boating, including gasoline and electric motors (though boaters are restricted to wakeless speeds). Fishing (license required) is restricted to flies and artificial lures (no bait permitted).
During the winter, due to snowfall (over 300in annually), the roads and facilities are closed. However, the park is open for foot and snowmobile access. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing are popular winter activities.
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  • Nice out of the way spot for camping or just photo taking for foliage season. Road is very accessible and toilet facilities are throughout with some nice camping sites on the lake. Was very quiet and ...  more »
  • Came here to check it out as we were staying in nearby Steamboat Lake State Park. They are about three miles apart. The lake is gorgeous, and there is an awesome place to stand up paddle board in the ...  more »
  • Best in the fall . Beautiful quiet and boat launch for fishing only.Non power boat small lake with great hiking trails.Off the pavement about 3miles . Any car can make it in summer.state park fees apply.7 dollars for day admission.Check online for campsite prices.Be warned reservations suggested.Enjoy and leave no trace.
  • I have only been a couple times and need to come more - it's quieter and more laid back than many state parks. Clearly it gets busier in the summertime. It's a wakeless lake and camping is for non-electric vehicles which helps make it more peaceful (Stagecoach is just up the street and allows more space for faster boating/RVs).

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