Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area

Lake Nighthorse

Lake Nighthorse opens for the 2019 season on Sunday, March 31.  For details on the 2018 season, view the Lake Nighthorse 2018 Interim Report (PDF)

Lake Nighthorse is located at 1795 C.R. 210, Durango / (970) 375-7335

  1. Hours of Operations
  2. Entrance Passes
  3. Activities/ Programs
  4. Calendar of Events
  5. Fishing Facts
  6. Boating Rules
  7. Historic Documents

Lake Nighthorse Recreation Schedule

30 minutes prior to daily closure, the entrance gate will be closed to access, and boat exit inspections as well as watercraft launches will cease.  Hours of operation may vary depending on inclement weather. 

Mondays and Wednesdays are NO WAKE days (Except Holidays)

The 2019 hours of operation will be as follows:

  • Opening Day for Non-motorized:
    • Sunday, March 31, 9 am - 4 pm
  • Open for Weekends (Friday, Saturday & Sunday):
    • April 5 - 28, 9 am - 4 pm (non-motorized only)
  • Open Daily for Season:
    • May 1 - 14, 9 am - 4 pm (non-motorized only)
  • Motorized Recreation Allowed:
    • May 15 - 31, 8 am - 6 pm
    • June 1 - September 2, 7 am - 8 pm
    • September 3 - 30, 8 am - 7 pm
    • October 1 - November 14, 9 am - 4 pm
  • Winter Wildlife Closure:
    • Begins November 15

Lake Nighthorse Operations

To ensure quality recreational experiences at Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area, here is a list of City of Durango and Bureau of Reclamation rules and regulations: Lake Nighthorse Recreational Operations (PDF)