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.
Most facilities at the reservoir open May 1st
ELK CREEK MARINA
Open for the season thru 9/30/16
LAKE FORK MARINA
Open for the season thru 9/20/16
Open for the season thru 9/7/16
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.
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. .