Blue Mesa Reservoir

Welcome To Blue Mesa Reservoir

Blue Mesa Reservoir is one of Colorado's must see destinations located in Western Colorado near the town of Gunnison. Blue Mesa Reservoir is Colorado's largest reservoir being twenty miles long with 96 miles of shoreline. It is part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area which also contains Morrow Point Reservoir and Crystal Reservoir. The three reservoirs are all part of a hydroelectric project supplying electricity to the region. The reservoir also play a very important role in water storage and management for the entire four corners area. 

Good News For All Boaters and Users of Blue Mesa Reservoir

Elk Creek Marina is adding new docks! The new dock project will enhance boaters experience at the marina and on the reservoir, the project is set to begin construction on September 12, 2016.  Elk Creek Marina and Pappy’s restaurant will be closing Sunday, September 11, 2016.  The Elk Creek Boat ramp will remain open to the public for launching and loading vessels. We apologize if this will inconvenience any of our boaters and users of Blue Mesa Reservoir.

Attention all Elk Creek Marina Slip Holders
Boats must be removed from Elk Creek Marina by September 11. We will accommodate seasonal slip holders to the best of our ability at Elk Creek Marina Dry Storage on premise or at Lake Fork Marina thru September 30.  Please call Elk Creek Marina at 970-641-0707 to make arrangements.

Open for the season thru Sunday, September 11, 2016, 5 p.m.

 Elk Creek Boat Ramp will remain open to the public for launching and loading vessels.

Open for the season thru Friday, September 30, 2016, 5 p.m.

Open for the season until Sunday, September 11, 2016

Curecanti Recreation Area

Blue Mesa Reservoir is a popular destination for outdoor recreation. The reservoir is very popular with fisherman summer and winter. A number of fish species are in the reservoir, including lake trout which grow to be very large trophy fish. In addition to fishing the reservoir offers all sorts of water recreation including boating, water skiing, sailing and wind surfing. There are two full service marinas available - Elk Creek Marina and Lake Fork Marina. Elk Creek Marina also offers Pappy's restaurant for a relaxing setting and great food. The National Park Service has a visitor's center at the marina which offers all sorts of information about the area. The reservoir is a great place for camping with park service campgrounds available, as well as a number of independent RV Parks.

Gunnison Country

The surrounding Gunnison Country offers the best of Colorado with truly outstanding and spectacular scenic areas. Black Canyon National Park is very close by with access from both the north and south rims. Just 25 miles north of Gunnison is the National Historic Town of Crested Butte. Over 70% of Gunnison County is National Forest which offers all sorts of great recreation, both summer and winter. .