Locals at LePlatt’s Pond

Bayfield's Community Event!

Where Stars Shine Bright

Every Tuesday night June through September

See the Music Schedule

 What: Bayfield’s favorite summer social night
Live music, food trucks, catch and release fishing, family friendly
L-J Ranch locally raised beef available for purchase.

Where: LePlatt’s Pond at L-J Ranch – 311A CR 501 Bayfield, CO 81122
(just look for the log entrance on the roundabout)

When: Every Tuesday night, 5-9pm, June – September
Beginning June 4th – September 24th, 2024
Gates open at 5pm

Cost: $10 per person (ages 2 and under are free)
Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Know before you go:
Please bring your own chairs or picnic blankets to get comfortable on the lawn and listen to the band! Limited tables and seating will be provided so we strongly recommend you bring your own. There is a food truck on site but guests are allowed to bring their own picnic dinner if they so choose. Dress for typical Bayfield summer weather and pack layers or blankets for cool evenings lakeside.

About your hosts: L-J Ranch, est. 1940, is a 100 acre private cattle ranch,
wedding venue, hops farm and vacation destination located in the heart of the Pine River Valley in Bayfield, CO. LePlatt’s Pond is a 10 acre body of water on L-J Ranch that is surrounded by tall cottonwoods and hay fields. Owned and operated by the Black Family: Paul, Krii, Colt, and Arabella can’t wait to welcome you to their home!


All visitors are subject to the following rules and regulations when accessing and using LePlatt’s Pond.

  1. TRASH. Limited trash cans are available. We ask that you pack out what you pack in and leave the space as good, or better, than you found it.
  2. PARKING. Parking shall be in designated areas only.
  3. SPEED LIMIT. We have animals and children on our private road and ask that you use the utmost respect while on property. The maximum speed limit within all roads on the ranch is 10mph. Those driving at excessive speeds will be asked to slow down or leave the property. Adhere to all posted signs and avoid areas marked as NO guest access.
  4. FISHING. A Colorado State fishing license is required to fish LePlatt’s Pond. Catch and release fishing only, no barbed hooks allowed. Guests are allowed to fish the pond only – no river access or fishing allowed in smaller streams throughout the property. Please make certain you have cleaned up your fishing area before you leave.
  5. NO SWIMMING or boating is permitted on LePlatt’s Pond.
  6. NO ILLEGAL DRUGS, SMOKING or FIREARMS are permitted at any time.
  7. CHILDREN. It is your responsibility to keep your children safely away from the water and chaperoned by an adult at all times.
  8. ANIMALS. Please be respectful and do not touch or harass the wildlife. Dogs are required to be on a leash and under direct control of the owner at all times. Any damages caused by a dog while on the ranch to ranch property or livestock or wildlife will be the responsibility of the dog owner. The dog owner is required to pick up and dispose of any waste left by the dog. No baggies are provided. No other animals of any kind are permitted at LePlatt’s Pond without the express permission of the property owners.
  9. BATHROOM. Two portable restrooms are located in the parking area and available for guest use. Anyone caught using an any area other than the portal as a toilet will be asked to leave the property.
  10. NO OPEN FIRES outside of the provided fire-pit are permitted at LePlatt’s Pond or on L-J Ranch.

Thank You for Respecting our Home.

Additional information:

We are currently in the process of applying for our liquor license and hoping to have a full bar coming soon. For now, no outside alcohol is permitted. We appreciate your respectful understanding and patience.

Locals who have been here long enough might recall that LePlatt’s Pond was graciously opened to the public by the LePlatt family for generations. In 2009, the property was being so abused by guests that we were forced to close it to the public and begin hosting private events only. Hosting our community this summer during “Locals at LePlatt’s” is on a trial basis, and if all goes well, we hope to continue hosting each summer! Your respect of the property, rules and staff will be the deciding factor in its longevity. Our family is deeply grateful for your patronage!




(970) 759-0748