Elk Creek Marina

Boating On Blue Mesa Reservoir

There are two full service marinas on the lake. Elk Creek Marina and Lake Fork Marina.

Twenty mile long Blue Mesa Reservoir, with its 96 miles of shoreline, affords many opportunities for boating. Windsurfing is popular at several areas such as the Bay of Chickens or in the Iola Basin near the Lake City Bridge. Boaters can explore several arms of the reservoir which reach into secluded canyons. Water skiers can practice their sport in the late months of summer, July and August, when waters warm slightly.

All boaters on Blue Mesa Reservoir should be aware that strong afternoon winds, sometimes accompanied by storms, can cause hazardous conditions. Be weather wise: watch for threatening cloud build ups. As soon as strong winds begin to blow, head for shore. Water temperatures remain cold through much of the season. Windsurfers and water skiers are advised to wear wet suits.

Fees on Blue Mesa Reservoir

All motorized and/or state-registered vessels on Blue Mesa Reservoir will be required to have a boat permit. 

$30.00 for an annual permit (calendar year) 
$10.00 for a 14-day permit 
$4.00 for a 2-day permit 

These user fees are half-price for those visitors who possess the Inter-agency Senior or Access Pass.


All motorized watercraft launching in Curecanti National Recreation Area are required to be inspected for invasive mussels and, if necessary, decontaminated in accordance with procedures set by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. In addition to the mandatory inspection prior to launch, and to be in compliance with the State of Colorado's Aquatic Nuisance Species protocols, all motorized watercraft leaving Blue Mesa, Morrow Point or Crystal Reservoirs will undergo a second inspection to verify the watercraft has been cleaned, drained and dried. 

Lake Fork Marina
Lake Fork Marina