Spend the Day at Lake Nighthorse 2020
Lake Nighthorse is officially open for recreational activities! Due to COVID-19, hours and recreational operations have been modified to keep everyone safe, while still having fun! Please remember that all visitors must be social distancing from one another and remain at least 6 feet apart at all times.
Lake Nighthorse opened for the first time two years ago 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 Nighthorse opened on the first of June 2020. Keep an eye out on the month-to-month schedule of operations and closures that are subject to change. You can find all of the information you need about hours here. Take advantage of the time on the beautiful blue water while you can this summer!
AWESOME WATER RECREATION
Lake Nighthorse offers plenty of activities that the entire family can enjoy provided by local establishments in Durango! Hit the water with some lessons on sailing or various water sports, or rent your own equipment and have a lake day the way you want. SUPs, kayaks and canoes are available to rent, provided by 4Corners River Sports, as well as classes and clinics on how to operate them. Adaptive Sports will be offering water adventures to those with wide ranges of physical and/or cognitive disabilities. Notoriously praised private fly fishing lessons from the crew at Duranglers will be offered as well!
For all of you fishers out there, this will be the spot you want to fish this summer! Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Kokanee Salmon have been stocked since 2011. White and Flannelmouth suckers, Fathead Minnows, Johnny Darters, and Crayfish are other species of fish that are in the lake! The trout limit is four bagged per day and eight per possession; the limit on Kokanee Salmon is 10 bagged per day and 10 in possession. Please only fish in designated areas and not where no fishing signs are posted.
Fishing licences may be purchased at:
- Goods For the Woods
- Big 5 Sporting Goods
- The San Juan Angler
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife Durango Office
PASSES AND REGULATIONS
We want everyone to have fun and be safe while on the lake! Please take care of the area around you while you are enjoying some fun in the sun. Here is a list of regulations to review before you get to the water.
Recreational map of Lake Nighthorse provided by the City of Durango
Looking to just head to the lake and relax? Check out the entire 2020 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 Parks and Recreation Center.
Park passes vary from day passes, to five day punch passes, to season passes-- whatever you think you’ll need to enjoy the lake this spring/summer!
Need directions? Check out this map to see where exactly the lake is located-- about 15 minutes south west of Durango!
Map image provided by the City of Durango