|Spinney Mountain State Park|
One of the park's entrance areas
|Location||Park County, Colorado, United States|
|Nearest city||Hartsel, Colorado|
|Area||6,080 acres (24.6 km2)|
|Governing body||Colorado Parks and Wildlife|
Spinney Mountain State Park is a Colorado state park located in South Park in Park County, Colorado, United States.
The park centers on the Spinney Mountain Reservoir, which is popular with anglers. The reservoir and surrounding land is owned by the City of Aurora, Colorado, which uses the reservoir for municipal water storage. The park itself is managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. At high water, the reservoir's surface lies at 8,710 feet (2,650 metres) above sea level. It has a capacity of 53,651 acre feet (66,178,000 cubic metres).
Spinney Mountain Reservoir provides great fishing for rainbow trout and northern pike, and sometimes brown trout as well. The park closes for the winter when the reservoir freezes over and opens around mid-April.
The park takes its name from nearby Spinney Mountain, elevation 9,488 feet (2,892 metres).
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Spinney Reservoir provides quality fishing for rainbow trout and northern pike. Occasionally brown trout can be caught here as well.
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