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Lake Nighthorse 2019 Schedule & Events

Lake Nighthorse 2019 Schedule & Events

It may still feel like winter, but Durango Parks and Recreation is wanting to get a head start on spring. Lake Nighthorse, Durango’s newest recreational lake is opening for its second season beginning this March with tons of new activities and events! So grab your swimsuits and fishing gear and prepare to say goodbye to winter. Spring is officially on the way.

Lake Nighthorse opened for the first time last April for aquatic recreation, fishing, and boating. But the creation of this fee-based water wonderland was a long journey. The lake, originally authorized by the U.S. Congress in September 1968, didn’t actually begin construction until 2003. There were many obstacles including funding and political difficulties that delayed the development. The reservoir began filling in 2009 and was up to capacity in 2011 when the Lake began getting stocked with kokanee salmon, rainbow trout and brown trout.

Lake Night HorsePhoto of Lake Nighthorse from the City of Durango

Lake Nighthorse is kicking off the 2019 season with its Kids Fish First Event on Saturday, March 30th. The event is free and allows children 15 and under to get the first crack at the lake’s new stock of fish. There will be prizes for biggest fish, and season passes for sale. Other lake events include Kayak Football and Paddle Board Hockey, both new activities offered this year. On Mondays in June, teams of 5-10 will compete to reach in the endzone. On Wednesdays, teams of 3 take the game of hockey off the ice and onto the water.

Child with Trout Lake Nighthorse
Photo of last year’s Largest Catch at Kids Fish First Event from the City of Durango

Looking to just head to the lake and relax? Every weekend between March 30th and April 28th, the lake will be open to all (with non-motorized vehicles) between 9am and 4pm. The lake will then open daily after the first of May through Mid-November will special schedules for motorized vehicles. Check out the entire 2019 Lake Nighthorse Schedule on the City of Durango’s Website and be sure to print out the season pass form which can be completed and dropped off with payment at the Durango Community Recreation Center.


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