Lathrop State Park
|Lathrop State Park|
|Location||Huerfano County, Colorado, USA|
|Nearest city||Walsenburg, CO|
|Area||1,596 acres (6.46 km2)|
|Governing body||Colorado State Parks|
||This article is written like a travel guide rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject. (February 2011)|
Lathrop State Park is a Colorado state park. Out of the 42 State Parks in Colorado, Lathrop State Park was the very first State Park in Colorado and is named after Harold Lathrop, the first park commissioner. The park features two lakes, Martin Lake and Horseshoe Lake, that offer fishing, with Horseshoe Lake having the state record for Tiger Muskie. Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, catfish, perch, crappie, and wiper are other species found there.
The park also offers a beach, boating, water skiing, wind surfing, or jet skiing, picnicking, hiking, and wildlife viewing.
The Walsenburg Golf Course was built and founded in 1965 and was built by 50 Walsenburg citizens and many local volunteers in a true public/private partnership, making Lathrop State Park the only with an adjacent spectacular golf course with a restaurant/lounge overlooking the Lakes and the National Landmark Spanish Peaks.
Over one million visitors pass through Lathrop State Park every year.
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