Blue Mesa Reservoir


Welcome to

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 its 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 Blue Mesa Adventure Camping Pods located in Elk Creek Campground.


May 29, 2021

We are open for the summer season.

Pappy's Restaurant has indoor and deck seating.

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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.

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

Blue Mesa Adventure 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.

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 Reservoir 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.



Check out our store!

Hoodies, T-shirts, fishing tackle & more

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Open May 1 - September 30

Memorial Day - Labor Day: 7 am - 5 pm

Before Memorial Day & After Labor Day: 8 am - 5 pm

16 mi. W of Gunnison on Hwy. 50

Seasonal Closure: September 30, 2021


Open May 15 - September 20

Memorial Day - Labor Day: 7 am - 5 pm

Before Memorial Day & After Labor Day: 8 am - 5 pm

29 mi W of Gunnison on Hwy. 50
39 mi E of Montrose on Hwy. 50

Seasonal Closure: September 20, 2021


Service Open: May 27 - September 15, 2021

Thursdays - Mondays: 11am-8pm

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Located at Elk Creek Marina

Seasonal Closure: September 15, 2021


April 30, 2021 - October 2, 2021

Located within Elk Creek Campground

Seasonal Closure: October 3, 2021

Reservations Open

*Hours and dates subject to change.

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