Erie is about 3 miles northwest of Red Feather Lakes, just off County Road 73C. It's a medium sized lake with all varieties of trout, especially brown trout. It has almost no buildings around it and therefore affords members many wonderful views while they're fishing. In addition, because of its semi-remoteness, it's a favorite of wildlife, notably waterfowl, elk, moose, bear and eagles.
- Location - 40.8189 N, 105.6241 W
- Size - 19.8 surface acres
- Maximum depth - 14 feet
- Type of fishing - all types (bait, flies, or lures)
- Boating - yes (see rules)
Fishing - Erie is an excellent fishery. It's eco-system supports a variety of trout (rainbows, cutbows, palominos, brooks, and browns). With it being in a separate drainage and an excellent fishery, we emphasize brown trout. One can access all but the west shoreline. Because there are many easy access fishing areas, bait fishermen enjoy spending time there. And with its larger size, it's popular for fly fishing from a boat or float tube.
History - Erie has a diverse history. It was decreed in 1919 and was the site to the old Wayne Camp in the 1930's. Because it's supply ditch was a lengthy low-volume standalone ditch with no other lakes to fill, Erie could only be filled on extremely wet years. In the late 1960's, RFS&I recut the ditch and filled the lake. In 1970 it was opened for fishing and has been popular with our members ever since. In 1994 the dam was refurbished, and starting in the late 90's thru 2002, much of the ditch was piped. All of these efforts greatly improved the water delivery to Erie allowing us to fill it in all but severe drought years. As our members have learned, fishing at Erie is worth the drive, if for no other reason than to take in the views!