Curecanti National Recreation Area

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Boats on Sapinero Basin, Curecanti National Recreation Area
Boats on Sapinero Basin, Curecanti National Recreation Area (Lisa Lynch/National Park Service)

Each of the three lakes within Curecanti National Recreation Area has a character all its own, and each provides a different type of boating experience.

Blue Mesa Lake: Twenty-mile-long Blue Mesa Lake, with its 96 miles of shoreline, affords many opportunities for boating. One can lie back, enjoy the sun, and sail on one of the lake's three open basins. Windsurfing is popular in several areas such as the Bay of Chickens. Boaters can explore several arms of the lake which reach into secluded canyons. Water skiers can practice their sport in the late months of summer, July and August, when waters warm slightly.

Crystal and Morrow Point Lakes: Due to their locations in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, boating on Crystal and Morrow Point Lakes is limited to hand carried craft. The access trail for Morrow Point Lake is the Pine Creek Trail, located along Highway 50. Crystal Lake is reached via the Mesa Creek Trail located near Cimarron.

Morrow Point Lake boat tours are offered on a regular schedule in summer. An interpreter on board relates the lake's story and you will get a lake-level view of Curecanti Needle and an appreciation of the lake's sheer canyon walls.


Published: 22 Sep 2009 | Last Updated: 19 Jul 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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