What to do in Harvey Gap State Park

The setting for Harvey Gap State Park is the Grand Hogback formation of rolling hills. This reservoir was formed in the 1890s to support agricultural development in the region. Since that time it has become a rustic, but popular, recreation site.

Developed picnic areas, swimming areas and a boat ramp provide access to the clear cool alpine waters of this reservoir. There are three picnic areas that support 30 sites equipped with grills and views of the area. The 160-acre lake is stocked with a variety of cold and warm water fish, including rainbow trout, tiger muskies, crappie, catfish and smallmouth bass.

Water-based recreation is the attraction to Harvey Gap State Park. Visitors enjoy fishing, canoeing, windsurfing, swimming and boating. A 20 horsepower maximum is enforced for any boats on the lake. During the winter months ice fishing and cross-country skiing may be enjoyed at the park.

Harvey State Park is located north of Interstate 70 from the Silt, New Castle or Rifle exits. It lies in the northwestern corner of the state amidst the ridge of the Grand Hogback formation.

This lake lies at an approximate elevation of 6,300 feet. Summer days can be hot with temperatures close to 90 degrees F. Swimming and other water sports are very popular at Harvey Gap. Because of the unstable atmosphere during July and August frequent afternoon thunder storms do occur.

The reservoir freezes during the winter months and many visitors enjoy ice fishing at the park. Temperatures can drop well below freezing so winter users must be prepared for extreme cold.

c/o Rifle Gap State Park
5775 HWY 325
Rifle, CO 81650

Phone: 970-625-1607

Email: rifle.gap.park@state.co.us
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