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Navajo Lake (covers Colorado & New Mexico)  Navajo Lake is a large reservoir that is about 32 miles from Durango, Colorado and is a great place for boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and camping. The reservoir is fed by three rivers, The Pine (Los Pinos ), San Juan and the Piedra all flowing from the Colorado side to the north.  Its approximate length is between 25 and 30 miles from the Colorado side to the Dam in New Mexico. When full, the lake offers over 15,000 surface acres of fun un-crowded boating area and is about 400 feet deep in places!  The dam was built in 1962 to provide water storage and irrigation for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and is in part where the State Park gets its name. As well as being an important resource of fresh water it has become one of the best lakes for recreation in Colorado and its popularity in the State is growing. During the summer the most popular activities include: boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, swimming, sailing and wind surfing. Hiking, camping, fishing, scuba diving, picnicking and the list of fun things go on.  There are numerous campgrounds located near the marinas with several RV parks and for more information or reservations you can visit the State Parks websites for Colorado and New Mexico here. You can also get information from our lake map which is helpful with directions and overviews.  The marinas are full service offering surfaced boat ramps with floating docks, fuel, boat storage ( fees may apply ), rentals and accessories. They are capable of accommodating boats as large as a houseboat to the regular fishing or speed boat but if bringing a large vessel it is advisable to call ahead for docking arrangements. The water sports at Navajo Lake are second only to the fishing available all year round and a variety of sports fish can be easily caught throughout every season.  Some of the fish that you might find include: Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Catfish, Carp, Kokanee Salmon, Crappie and Bluegill. Boaters have the greatest chance to explore some of the best spots but there is easy access along the river tributaries and the State Park even offers sites with wheelchair access. Be sure to check the current State Fishing Regulations for information and fees that may apply before planning your trip. For the avid or expert fisherman there are competitions that take place throughout the year and you can check our Calendar of Events Page for information and links. This lake has about everything a water lover could need. From a weekend of wakeboarding to a week-long family reunion on a houseboat its all available and close to Durango. It makes for a perfect relaxing get away. So grab the water skis, wax the boat and Go Outdoors! References CDNR. (2012, Febuary 9). Navajo state park. Retrieved from http://www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/Navajo/Pages/NavajoHome.aspx . EMNRD. (2012). Navajo lake state park. Retrieved from http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/prd/navajo.htm.