Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area

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

Lake Nighthorse is now closed for the winter. 

Winter seasonal closure protects important wildlife habitat. The lake will reopen for public recreation on Friday April 3, 2020. Thank you for another great season at the lake!

  1. Hours of Operation
  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:

  • 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)