Did you know that in Ski Town USA we ski all year, even in August? Well, it’s true. Because with two fantastic lakes close to town, waterskiing, wakeboarding and all manner of watersports are activities that many of us here in Steamboat enjoy in summertime to give us just a little bit of that skiing fix.


Stagecoach Reservoir at Stagecoach State Park offers a fantastic lake experience just minutes from Steamboat Springs. Situated in a wide valley abutting the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area, Stagecoach Lake is a favorite of Steamboat locals for its easy access, wide-open views, and exceptional conditions for waterskiing, wakesurfing, or other boating sports. The marina on the north shore of the lake offers both pontoon and fishing boat rentals. The marina has added championship wakeboard boat rentals to their list of services as well.

North of town is an entirely different lake—Steamboat Lake at Steamboat Lake State Park. Steamboat Lake is an exceptionally beautiful mountain lake. Located at 8,100 feet above sea level and surrounded by the Elkhead and Zirkel Mountains, visitors to Steamboat Lake are awed by the 360-degree views. In the spring and early summer months, when snow still caps the iconic Hahns Peak, Steamboat Lake is one of the most dramatic waterskiing and wakeboarding locations in Colorado.

WakeA unique feature of Steamboat Lake is the quaint lakeside cabins available for rent through the Steamboat Lake Marina. Although small in appearance, these simple cabins sleep up to six people and have the necessary amenities of refrigerators and electric heat. This is a great place to come with the family as you can get that camping feel with some of the comforts of home - not to mention the fact that right outside your cabin door is one of the premiere lake destinations in northern Colorado.

Although many people come to Steamboat and Stagecoach lakes to fish, camp, picnic, or swim, the real attraction to these lakes is the opportunity they provide to enjoy motorized boating recreation in exceptionally beautiful Rocky Mountain landscapes. Whether you bring your own watercraft, or rent one onsite, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Steamboat Lake and Stagecoach State Parks just outside of Steamboat Springs.