Apache is located in the northern part of Red Feather Lakes, mid-way along Nokomis Dr. It's a medium sized lake with the largest variety of fish. It has almost no buildings around it and therefore affords members many wonderful views while they're fishing.
- Location - 40.8086 N, 105.5931 W
- Size - 17.5 surface acres
- Maximum depth - over 25 feet
- Type of fishing - all types (bait, flies, or lures)
- Boating - yes, and all boats must be stored behind the screen on the SE shoreline
Fishing - Apache is a very good fishery. It's eco-system supports a variety of trout (rainbows, cutbows, palominos, brooks, and browns). One can walk the entire shoreline but must stay between the fence and shoreline. Access is easier on the east half as it's closer to the parking areas. Boats can be put in from the SE boat storage area or the ramp at the north end of the large dam. Do not leave cars unattended at the boat ramps. Apache has a significant perch problem which we control with brown trout and walleye. Walleyes can only be kept above a certain size, see the rules for current restrictions. Similarly, if you catch perch, do NOT return them to the lake. Finally, Apache is our second ice fishing lake for members.
History - Apache is our newest lake. It was decreed in 1968 and built in 1981, with part of the funds coming from a one-time assessment of the members. It's a dual dam lake, with a small dam on the north side in the Columbine Creek drainage that backs up water to the larger main dam on the east side of the lake. While it's approaching its fifth decade of service, the only work we've done above the usual maintenance, was to redo the spillway in 2015. The photo to the right is from 1982's initial filling of the lake. Lynn Fey and Dennis Frydendall, former long serving Board members, who were involved with many of RFS&I's water projects from the 1970s until 2012. Fishing at Apache is enjoyed both summer and winter and offers more varieties of fish than any of our other lakes.