The Curecanti National Recreation Area is formed by three reservoirs on the Gunnison River. The national recreation area borders Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park on the west. Panoramic mesas, fjord-like reservoirs, and deep, steep and narrow canyons abound.

Blue Mesa Reservoir is Colorado's largest body of water. Created by Blue Mesa Dam, Blue Mesa Reservoir is 20 miles long, has 96 miles of shoreline, and is the largest Lake Trout and Kokanee salmon fishery in the United States. Blue Mesa Dam was completed in 1966, becoming the first large dam built along the Gunnison River. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison begins below Blue Mesa Dam.

Morrow Point is 12 miles below Blue Mesa Dam. Morrow Point Dam was completed in 1967 creating narrow Morrow Point Reservoir. While the primary purpose of Blue Mesa Dam is to store water, the primary function of Morrow Point Dam is to produce hydroelectricity. It has about twice the power capacity of Blue Mesa Dam.

Crystal Dam is a double curvature thin arch dam located six miles downstream from Morrow Point Dam. Crystal Dam is the newest of the three dams in Curecanti; construction on the dam was finished in 1976, forming Crystal Reservoir. Below Crystal Dam is the East Portal of the Gunnison Tunnel, a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Just below East Portal is the eastern boundary of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

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Curecanti National Recreation Area is a destination for recreation high in the Rocky Mountains. Best known for salmon and trout fishing, Curecanti also offers opportunities for hiking, boating, camping, photography and bird watching.

Adjacent to the Curecanti NRA is the Black Canyon National Park. Big enough to be overwhelming, still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison
National Park

Elk Creek Marina

970-641-0707

Guided Fishing

970-596-4946

Pappy's Restaurant

970-641-0403

Gunnison NPS

970-641-2337

Area Information, Boat Regulations, NPS Campground Reservations and NPS Morrow Point Boat Tours.

Lake Fork Marina

970-641-3048

Elk Creek Marina, LLC is the concessionaire for the Curecanti National Recreation Area.

The Blue Mesa Reservoir is bordered on the north side by the West Elk Wilderness Area with more than 175,000 acres in the Gunnison National Forest.

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Curecanti National Recreation Area