FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please see below for the answers to many questions we frequently receive. If you aren’t able to find the information you need, please contact us.

GENERAL

Wellington Lake is located in the town of Bailey in Jefferson County, Colorado. We are approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from Denver and 2 hours from Colorado Springs. For more information, visit our Maps & Directions page.
The Lake Office is open daily between 8:00AM and 9:00PM. Please see the Rates page for more information regarding camping check-in and check-out times.
Castle Mountain Recreation is the name of the private campground and recreation area which is owned by the Wellington Reservoir Company. Wellington Lake, which is also owned by the Wellington Reservoir Company, is the name of the 167-acre lake on site.

The Wellington Reservoir Company is based in Brighton, Colorado, where it is managed by the Farmers Reservoir & Irrigation Company.
Sprint and AT&T users may have cell phone reception. Verizon and T-Mobile users usually do not have reception.
There is untreated well water that is available via two hand pumps. We recommend all visitors bring their own water.
No, hunting is prohibited on Wellington Lake property.
We'd be thrilled to see your photos! Visitors can upload pictures by using our Media Upload form here. Please read the Terms of Use carefully before agreeing; by submitting your media, you grant us permission to use your pictures photos free-of-charge as we choose.

RESERVATIONS

All reservations must be made through the Reservations system on this website. You may choose a site based on location (near lake or near mountains), your group size, camper size or tent, and pull-through access. A campground map shows each site's approximate location. After selecting the site you're interested in, you will be able to see the dates the site is available.

Please note that reservations for regular campsites cannot be booked more than 90 days in advance. For information on reserving a large group site that accommodates more than 15 people, visit our Group Information page.
Yes, as long as the sites are available. We recommend referring to the campground map found on the Reservations page and at the bottom of each campsite page to see which sites are close together. Our regular group campsites can allow up to 15 people; our regular small sites allow up to 6 people.

If you have a group of more than 15 people, please see our Group Information page.
No; the filter only allows you to choose the date section OR the other section. Searches cannot be completed on both sections at the same time.
Yes, the filter shows what is available for the specific date you selected; however, this information is NOT carried over to the individual site pages and the date must be selected again on each site page.
We recommend first finding a site that will fit your trailer or camper and then going clicking on that specific site page to see when it is available for booking. Alternatively, if you want a specific date, try filtering for the available dates then looking at the description on each site page to see if it will fit your camper. Each site page lists a description on the right side which includes information related to the size of the camper it will fit, whether the site is near the lake or mountains, and other amenities.
On each individual site page, there is a calendar that shows the availability for that specific site. The calendar will show both gray and green days. Any day that shows as green before you put in the number of nights you wish to stay is available, even if it shows as gray afterward. You MUST put in the number of nights you wish to stay to see if the site is available or not for those days.
If you put in the number of nights you wish to stay and the check-in date is green but the following dates are gray, this means it is still bookable and available for the date you have selected.
No; the system automatically generates the days you are staying based on the number of nights you enter. No departure date is needed.
Your reservation may be more expensive than you expected because of the vehicles you have added to the reservation. Please remember that each vehicle is $5 per night.
Yes; at the end of the reservation checkout process, the website will prompt you to create or log in to an account. By creating an account, you'll be able to view your past reservations and, if needed, request a cancellation. The website does not allow for accounts to be created before the reservation is made.
You can click the "Lost your password?" tab on the My Account log-in page to request the website to reset your password. You will receive an e-mail to the e-mail address we have on file that will walk you through resetting your password.
Please review our Cancellation Policy. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than 15 days before your reservation. Cancellations made 15 days or more before a reservation will be subject to a $25 Cancellation Fee. You may cancel your reservation by logging into your account, finding the site(s) you want to cancel, then pressing "Cancel".
If you have multiple sites and do not want to cancel your entire reservation, you may log on to your account to cancel one or more sites. If you want to change the dates of your reservation, please contact our office via e-mail at info@castlemountainrec.com with a copy of your reservation and the dates you wish to change. Our staff will be happy to help you. Please refer to our Cancellation Policy as applicable.

GROUP RESERVATIONS

We have different types of groups at Wellington Lake. For 15 people or less, please reserve one of our regular group sites through the Reservations system. If you have more than 15 people, please contact us through the form on the Group Information page.
We have two large group sites. One site is available for reservations during the summer and can hold 15-100 people. The other site is available for reservations only at certain times of the year and can hold 15-200 people. If you are interested in either of these sites, please contact us by using the form on the Group Information page.

EVENTS

For all events, including sporting events, special events, and more, please contact Heidi Garner by telephone at 303-659-7373 x304 or by email at heidi@farmersres.com.
Although Wellington Lake does not host or have a specific venue for weddings, family reunions, or other special events, we have had many visitors rent campsites or purchase Day Use passes for these types of events in the past. If you are interested in having your special event at Wellington Lake, please contact Heidi Garner by phone at 303-659-7373 x304 or by email at heidi@farmersres.com.

CAMPING

There are no hookups at Wellington Lake. No electricity, water, or dumping is provided.
We have untreated well water that campers can access via our hand-pumped wells. We recommend campers bring their own water.
The nearest fill station is next to the Riverbend Eatery in Bailey.
Wellington Lake does not have showers. We provide outhouses for visitors to use the restroom.
We do not sell ice. Visitors can purchase ice in the nearby towns of Bailey or Conifer.
Due to US Forestry regulations, no outside firewood is allowed onto Wellington Lake property. This prevents invasive species from destroying the forest. Visitors may purchase bundles of firewood during office hours at the Lake Office for $5/each. Each bundle includes 10 pieces of firewood. Gathering firewood on your own from the property is strictly prohibited.
Yes, you may use portable charcoal or gas grills or a gas camp stove within campsites and designated picnic areas.
Check-in time is 12:00pm-9:00pm. If you are not able to check in during these hours, you must call the Lake Office during business hours at 303-838-5496 to inform staff of your estimated arrival time. If you do not call to notify staff of your anticipated late arrival, your reservation will be cancelled.
You can find information about the size of trailers allowed on each campsite's page in the Reservations system. If you have a specific question about your trailer, you can also contact the Wellington Lake Office at 303-838-5496.
Yes! However, please note the following rules and regulations provided in our Full Release: 1) You must keep your pets on a leash or otherwise under your control at all times. Pets are not to be left barking or unattended. 2) You must clean up after your pet. 3) Pets are not allowed in beach swimming areas or restrooms.

FISHING

No fishing license is required as Wellington Lake is private property.
No. All fishing is restricted to catch and release only. Any person who kills a fish or fails to promptly release a fish back to the lake will be charged a restocking fee of at least $50.
Artificial bait, lure, and fly only are allowed. No live bait, including worms, is allowed. Use of dough bait such as Power Bait or Salmon Eggs is prohibited. For more details, please visit our Fishing page.

BOATING & SWIMMING

Yes, swimming is allowed. However, please note that there are no lifeguards at Wellington Lake.
We allow hand-launched vessels only. If the boat is too large to launch by hand or creates a wake, it is not allowed at Wellington Lake. No jet skis or other high-powered motor crafts are allowed. Also, life jackets are required at all times while on the water.

ANIMALS & BEAR SAFETY

Yes! However, please note the following rules and regulations provided in our Full Release: 1) You must keep your pets on a leash or otherwise under your control at all times. Pets are not to be left barking or unattended. 2) You must clean up after your pet. 3) Pets are not allowed in beach swimming areas or restrooms.
No horses are allowed at any time on Wellington Lake property.
Both bears and mountain lions are known to inhabit Wellington Lake property. To protect yourself and your family, please see the Wildlife Danger section on our Safety page. As part of our rules and regulations, food must be stored at all times in bear-proof containers or in vehicles with closed windows and locked doors. All "kitchen trash" must be disposed of in bear-proof dumpsters or removed from Wellington Lake property.

DAY USE

Day Use is for visitors who want to visit Wellington Lake but do not want to camp. Day Use is limited to Lake Office hours, which are daily between 8:00AM and 9:00PM.
Day Use fees are $5 per person and $5 per vehicle. Children under 12 are free with a paying adult. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, see our Rates page.
All Wellington Lake activities except for camping are open to Day Use visitors. These include but are not limited to: fishing, hiking, boating, biking, picnicking, swimming, and more.
Yes. Day Use spots at the lake are clearly marked with red signs or red tables. Please limit Day Use activities on or near the lake to these areas. See the bottom of our Maps & Directions page for our campground map, which shows the locations for Day Use.
Yes, you may use portable charcoal or gas grills or a gas camp stove within designated picnic areas.