Whether you enjoy fishing, jet skiing, boating, bird watching, or water skiing, the lakes around the Ordway area have a lot to offer. With two large lakes and two reservoirs, this area offers plenty of fishing and watersport activities without the crowds you normally see in the metropolitan areas.
Lake Meredith, located three miles east of Ordway, is a very large lake – about 4 miles long and 2 miles wide. Jet skiing and water skiing are some of the favorite activities on this lake. Throw in a little fishing, and you have a lake-lovers paradise. There is free primitive camping located at the north edge of the lake off County Lane 21. This area also has vault toilets, a boat ramp and jet ski ramp. Bird watchers should explore the woody areas along the north edge of the lake and the marshy areas along Bob Creek off Highway 71 on the western side of the lake.
Lake Henry, located two miles east of Ordway off County Lane 20, is a fisherman’s paradise, with large Channel Catfish, Bullhead Catfish (Mudcats), Wipers, Trout, Bass and Perch. If you have a boat or jet ski, then there is ample room on this lake for your activities as well. Free primitive camping is available anywhere you would like around the south and east edges of the lake. There is a boat ramp on the east side of the lake and a vault toilet along the south edge. Bird watchers should visit the woody areas on the western side of the lake and along the shore for shorebirds and gulls.
Ordway Reservoir, located two miles north of Ordway off Highway 71, is stocked with Rainbow Trout in the spring and is one of the favorite fishing spots of the locals. There is no boating allowed on this small reservoir, and no facilities.
Olney Springs Reservoir, located just north of Olney Springs off County Lane 7, is stocked with Rainbow Trout in the spring.