When people think of good states to visit for boating they think of places in Florida or Texas but Colorado
has some surprises for you. Durango is lucky to have some of the best freshwater lakes in the southwest
with incredible scenery that makes the area unique and appealing.
Lake sports can be broken down into activities like: boating, swimming, waterskiing, wakeboarding,
fishing, tubing, jet skiing (personal watercraft), and even scuba diving! All of these and more are available
just a short distance from town. You can also visit our lake maps or calendar of events pages for more
details and information.
Some of the most popular lakes for boating are: Navajo Reservoir, Vallecito Reservoir and McPhee
Reservoir which represent some of the largest in the area. Navajo lake has several large full service
marinas with all the amenities including boat rentals, houseboat rentals, campgrounds, docks, RV parking
and fishing information.
The lakes near Durango have beautiful and diverse scenery. You can relax on your sailboat while looking
at huge mountain peaks and green ponderosa pines. You can blast your tunes while ripping up the smooth
as glass desert channels on your wakeboard. There are shallow coves for swimming, deep walls for scuba
diving, grassy knolls for bass fishing and plenty of room to spread out and get away from the crowds. After
a hard day of playing on the water there are shoreline campsites that beckon the chase lounge chair with
a cold drink. During the summer the waters are warm, during the winter the fishing is great and with the
right conditions ice fishing is available.
Durango has many smaller lakes that may have
some limitations as far as what kind of water
crafts are allowed but are very popular for
activities like fishing and camping. The State
Forest or Colorado Division of Wildlife sites
will provide the most current information on
uses or restrictions. Haviland Lake, Andrews
Lake and Molas Lake which are north of
Durango are stocked with trout and Andrews
even has wheelchair access! Lemon reservoir
which is near Vallecito also has some great
fishing and camping areas.
If you like hiking or backpacking there are
hundreds of high mountain natural lakes that
dot the landscape. Some of the trails you can
take to find them are along the Hermosa
Creek Trail, Emerald Lake Trail and the
Colorado Trail. Pristine and beautiful!
Durango means "water town" and with all the lakes and rivers in and nearby the city, the name is quite
fitting. We have some of the best places for water sports in the entire state! So, pack up the gear grab the
sunscreen and.. Go Outdoors!
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