Campground – Chapman Group

Book this place with a huge group. Do it now! The long drive is so worth it. Total privacy and totally kick ass. We took a very large group of coworkers up here for a long weekend in July last year. There were probably forty of us, and we could have fit a lot more, but some of our group wimped out due to being afraid of fresh air.

Photo from atop a house-sized boulder.

The amount of space at this campground is insane. Even better is the access to quaint Chapman Reservoir, which is a short walk down the road. If you want unspoiled access to the upper Frying Pan and its variety of beautiful trout this is the best spot on the river. The river spills into Reudi Reservoir down the road several miles away where fishing pressure is heavy. There is a huge permanent fire pit with logs to sit on while roasting marshmallows. Plenty of room for archery and cornhole, running around naked, or whatever. Exploration on foot is endless. Wildlife is epic. This is the best group campground known to man.

Upper Frying Pan River. Beware the lightning.

They stock the little lake (Chapman Reservoir) with trout, mostly tiny ones, but the lake is perfect for a picnic and SUPs. A few in our group actually swam, but the water is mighty cold. (Cue Augustus McRae in the river with Miss Lorena for shriveling reference.)

Chapman Reservoir. Little fish and big views.

Directions: Drive to Basalt, then to Reudi Reservoir. The campground is on the road past Reudi many miles. Make sure you are stocked up in Basalt before you leave as it’s about 45 minutes to the campground. Easy to find, impossible to beat.

Chubby brown. No other fishermen for miles because they are all at the “Toilet Bowl”.

Published by willbarch78

I grew up in the middle of nowhere Texas. The nearest Walmart was a full two hours away. My family still runs a ranch back home that I grew up on, but at some point in my treasured youth I hung up the idea of becoming a cowboy, and pursued my passion for architecture. Today I still find myself trying to fit in to a life that has treated me with the average ups and downs one can expect after a certain number of years. My wife and I moved to Denver after attending Texas Tech School of Architecture in Lubbock as we needed a grade change from the Llano Estacado. We camp with our three growing girls all summer and into the fall while I write and create and fly fish to maintain sanity. Life is moving fast as our careers and children progress in all areas, so being outdoors with each other keeps us mostly grounded.

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