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Lake Nighthorse

Finding Solutions Together

The City of Durango is facilitating a public process to collaboratively explore options for shared motorized and non-motorized recreational experiences at Lake Nighthorse.  There will be a series of public meetings.  On Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Durango Community Recreation Center, there will be an open house at 4 p.m. and a community meeting at 5 p.m. with a brief presentation of previous community-generated solutions and discussions of current issues and concerns.  On Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Durango Community Recreation Center there will be a public workshop from 2 - 6 p.m. to collaborate and formulate solutions for shared motorized and non-motorized boating experiences at Lake Nighthorse for consideration by the Bureau of Reclamation and the City of Durango.  On Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at City Hall the City Council will hold a Study Session for a presentation of recommendations regarding motorized and non-motorized recreation at Lake Nighthorse.  See Lake Nighthorse Recreation flyer for full details.

Lake Nighthorse was constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation as part of the Animas La Plata (ALP) Project.  The lake is full and the surface area is approximately 1,500 acres at maximum elevation and the reservoir area includes a total of approximately 5,500 acres.  The reservoir site is two miles from downtown Durango and is poised to provide a significant recreational amenity to the area.  Lake Nighthorse is currently closed to the public.

Historical Documents:
The Lake Nighthorse Recreation Plan Final Environmental Assessment is available online at https://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/ea/pdf/LakeNighthorseRecreationPlanFinalEA_FONSI.pdf

Lake Nighthorse Final Conceptual Recreation Master Plan

Lake Nighthorse Economic Impact of Recreation Use

Lake Nighthorse Recreation Market Assessment

Lake Nighthorse May 2011 Final Master Plan

Lake Nighthorse Area Map

Lake Nighthorse Public Presentation from June 18, 2014

For questions to the City of Durango Parks and Recreation Department regarding the current status of recreation at Lake Nighthorse, please email