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Sprague lake is a small (13 acres), shallow lake. It is named for Abner Sprague, a guide and lodge host in the area in the early 1900's. He dammed and expanded the lake to improve fishing for guests before RMNP was formed. "Sprague was the fist person to pay to enter Rocky Mountain National Park", the cost was $3. (nps.gov)
Getting there: From the center of Estes Park, take Moraine Avenue, also known as Highway 36 West, for 3.5 miles to the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station, Proceed past the visitor center and turn left onto Bear Lake Road. From Bear Lake Road, turn south onto Sprague Lake Road a little over 5 miles from the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station. This road leads to a large parking lot and picnic area immediately west of Sprague Lake.