Blue Mesa Reservoir

Colorado's Largest Lake 

We Have You Covered!

Whatever your water interest – from boating, to challenging guided fishing, or something in between- Elk Creek Marina with it’s waterfront playground has you covered. We’ve got everything on the water, including boat rentals, kayaks, SUP’s, boat launching and loading, store, tackle shop, t-shirts, gifts, gasoline, boat and repair supplies, guided fishing, boat slips, Pappy’s Restaurant, and new this year  - Adventure Camping Pods located in Elk Creek Campground.

Located in Western Colorado near the town of Gunnison, Colorado’s largest body of water is a must-see destination. Blue Mesa Reservoir spans 20 miles and boasts over 96 miles of shoreline. Blue Mesa is part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area, and offers two full service marinas — Elk Creek Marina and Lake Fork Marina — as well as the famous Pappy’s Restaurant overlooking the lake. Th‍‍‍e surrounding Gunnison County offers the best of Colorado with truly outstanding and spectacular scenic areas, gold medal and wild trout waters, and great recreation.


Summer 2020

Elk Creek Marina: Boat slips are open. Curbside Service is open &  includes: fuel, boat rentals;  pontoon, SUP, kayaks, and store items; fishing tackle, merchandise, hats, drinks and more.

Seasonal Closure: October 1, 2020.

Lake Fork Marina: Boat slips are open. Curbside Service is open. Seasonal Closure: September 20, 2020.

Guided Fishing Reservations:


Blue Mesa Reservoir is open.

Morrow Point is open.


Pappy's Curbside Take Out Service: 

Deck is open for Pappy's take-out.

Open: Thurs.- Mon. 11 am-7 pm

Seasonal Closure: September 15, 2020.

Pontoon boats have a limit of 8 on the boat to include adults, children, babies and pets.

Pet limit is 2.

Blue Mesa Adventure Pods:

Open. Online reservations at:          

Seasonal Closure: October 1, 2020.



NEW for 2020

Adventure Camping Pods

at Elk Creek Campground

Offering an experience that is unique to campgrounds, combining camping with an exhilarating paddle on the open water. 


Our Pods are the only accommodations located on Blue Mesa Reservoir. We are taking reservations for summer.

Adventure Pods come with 2 paddle boards,  drink tickets to our onsite restaurant and a bundle of firewood.

Adventure Pods offer cozy insurance against bad weather, these sturdy structures are the perfect luxury upgrade. Forget the tent and avoid the hassle with a comfortable pod getaway.

Curbside Service Open
8 am-5pm
16 mi. W of Gunnison on Hwy. 50

Seasonal Closure: October 1, 2020

Curbside Service Open:  8 am-5pm
29 mi W of Gunnison on Hwy. 50
39 mi E of Montrose on Hwy. 50

Seasonal Closure: September 20, 2020

Deck is Open for Curbside Take Out Service:

Thursdays - Mondays: 11am-7pm

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Seasonal Closure: September 15, 2020
Located at Elk Creek Marina




We are taking reservations.

Located within Elk Creek Campground

Seasonal Closure: October 1, 2020

Elk Creek Marina

Elk Creek Marina maintains a large rental fleet of pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes, and SUP’s on Blue Mesa Reservoir with a general store, boat slips,  fishing gear, tackle and guides, and Pappy’s Restaurant. Located 16 miles west of Gunnison on Hwy. 50.

Lake Fork Marina

The smaller of our marina's with rental fleet of pontoons, kayaks, canoes, and SUP’s, store, boat slips, fishing guides, gear and tackle.

27 miles west of Gunnison on Hwy. 50. Located 39 miles east of Montrose on Hwy. 50.

Adventure Camping Pods

We offer an experience that is unique to campgrounds, combining camping with an exhilarating paddle on the open water. Discover a memorable aquatic camping landscape. Our Pods are the only accommodations located on Blue Mesa Reservoir.



Sportsmen and campers love maps. We have added a new 3D terrain map which features the Curecanti NRA area and beyond. Explore our area in an amazingly detailed terrain map. Zoom all the way in to see the actual USGS topo lines, forest roads and so much more. This is a fun map. Check it out!

Check out our stores!

Hoodies, T-shirts, fishing tackle & more

NPS P. Santellan Photo

Elk Creek Marina


Lake Fork Marina


Guided Fishing


Pappy's Restaurant


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

Gunnison NPS


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