Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area

As a proactive mitigation effort, the City of Durango is coordinating with San Juan Basin Public Health and La Plata County to ensure City staff and community members are protected against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Lake Nighthorse will remain closed until further notice. For more information, please visit DurangoGov.org/emergency

Located at 1795 C.R. 210, Durango, Colorado - (970) 375-7335 

  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 - When the Facility Reopens

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 2020 hours of operation:

  • Opening Day for Non-motorized:
    • Friday April 3, 9 am - 4 pm
  • Open for Weekends (Friday, Saturday & Sunday):
    • April 3 - 26, 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 3, 7 am - 8 pm
    • September 4 - 30, 8 am - 7 pm
    • October 1 - 31, 9 am - 4 pm
  • Open for Weekends (Friday, Saturday & Sunday):
    • November 1 - 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)