Beaver Creek at Skaguay Reservoir

Beaver Creek is a sizable stream year-round with its headwaters reaching to the top of Pikes Peak, and below the Skaguay Reservoir offers good trout fishing. A perfect stream for fly fishing, Anglers can expect to encounter numerous rainbows, cutthroats, browns and an occasional brookie.

The area along the creek also offers a great area for hiking, camping, and for seeing wildlife. Hiking is gentle and easy for approximately 2 to 3 miles until the creek drops of into the canyon. Sights are breathtaking with lush green meadows along the creek between the mountains. Primitive camping is allowed; this is part of the Beaver Creek State Wildlife area.

For the truly adventurous, an overnight into the canyon to the old power plant will offer fabulous views, but the hike is strenuous and rugged. Built in 1901, Skaguay Power Plant was operational until the 1960’s when flooding clogged up the water pipeline designed to bring water to operate the turbines in the power plant. Remnants of the old pipeline are still visible along the creek. The remains of the power plant are still in existence along with several of the outbuildings. Anyone attempting the hike should be in great shape and well prepared, and it is not recommended that this hike be done alone. Be prepared to encounter wildlife including bears and mountain lions.

For additional information about the power plant, see this article.

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