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Blue Mesa Reservoir

Watering The West Updates

Elk Creek Marina, Pappy's Restaurant and Lake Fork Marina are closed for the 2021season. We appreciate everyones willingness to cooperate with the closing. Blue Mesa Adventure Camping Pods are open until October 3.


September 2, 2021

Elk Creek Boat Ramp Reopening Labor Day Weekend at Blue Mesa.

The National Park Service will reopen the Elk Creek boat ramp at 6:30 am on Friday, September 3, 2021. Once open, the ramp is expected to remain available through the end of September. It is currently closed while the docks are repositioned due to low water levels on Blue Mesa Reservoir. Boats must stay at least ten feet from the Elk Creek docks and buoys to remain clear of cables and anchor lines.

Due to lowering water levels, the Lake Fork ramp will close at 7 pm on Thursday, September 2, 2021, but the Lake Fork marina and boat slips will remain open and accessible. Pontoon Boat Rentals are available through Sunday, September 5.


The Iola ramp is open through the Labor Day weekend but will close soon after. Access is currently restricted to boats 20 feet long or less at Iola and Lake Fork. Boat ramp hours are from 6:30 am to 7 pm daily.

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September 6: All boats removed from Lake Fork Marina.

September 7: Lake Fork Marina is CLOSED.

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Lake Fork Marina will continue to stay open through Labor Day. Boat and equipment rentals will be available there as well. To reserve a boat, please call Lake Fork Marina at 970 641 3048.

All current seasonal and monthly slip holders at Lake Fork Marina may continue to dock their boats at their slips through Labor Day. However, Lake Fork slip holders must vacate the docks by Monday, September 6. No exceptions. The ramp at Lake Fork will close on September 2,2021 at 7 p.m.

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Blue Mesa Adventure Pods

Blue Mesa Adventure Pods will be available through Saturday, October 2. Adventure Pods offer an experience that is unique to campgrounds, combining camping with an exhilarating paddle on the open water. Discover a memorable aquatic camping landscape. Adventure Pods are the only accommodations located on Blue Mesa Reservoir in Gunnison, Colorado. Experience a paddle on many coves and beaches on the west end of Blue Mesa Reservoir. Two paddle boards come with a pod reservation and additional boards can be rented at Lake Fork Marina.


Guided Fishing on Morrow Point Reservoir

Our Guided Fishing Services provide fishing trips on Morrow Point Reservoir in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park through the end of September. We are the only motorized fishing guided outfitter on Morrow Point. Morrow Point is home to some of the most amazing fishing and scenery in Colorado. We fish for Kokanee Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbows, Lake Trout, Brookies, and a few kinds of Cut Throat’s. This guided fishing trip can truly be a trip of a lifetime and is considered by most the “Best Fishing Tour” in Colorado. To book a trip, contact us at 970-596-4946 or email us at

To view the most current reservoir elevation, content, inflow and release, click on: Blue Mesa Reservoir Data or Crystal Reservoir Data.


Click to view the current status on Aspinall Unit Reservoirs which includes Blue Mesa.

*Hours and dates subject to change.


2021 Closure: Closed Tuesday, September 7

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

2021 Closure: Closed 


2021 Closure: Sunday, October 3, 2021

Located within Elk Creek Campground