Blue Mesa Reservoir


The largest body of water in colorado

Blue Mesa Reservoir east bridge on 149

Blue Mesa Reservoir


Paradise in the West

Looking west at the Dam and Blue Mesa Point.

Did you know?

      Blue Mesa Reservoir / Lake at 20 miles long and almost 100 miles of shoreline is the largest body of water in the state of Colorado. The Dam is 390 feet tall, The Blue Mesa Dam houses two turbine generators and produces an average of 264,329,000 kilowatt-hours each year and the start of the spectacular Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the river below the dam creates Morrow Point Reservoir for 12 miles to its dam at 469 feet tall and then flows into Crystal Reservoir for 6 miles to its Dam 323 feet tall. The three reservoirs are set in the pristine beauty of the Rocky Mountains.  All three reservoirs, named for corresponding dams on the Gunnison river form the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the U.S..  Marrow Point Reservoir is the beginning of the black Canyon and below, East Portal is the site of the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel, a National Historical Civil Engineering Landmark.

     The Blue Mesa Reservoir is bordered on the north side by the West Elk Wilderness Area with more than 175,000 acres in the Gunnison National Forest, This area provides world class hunting and fishing to say the least.




Blue Mesa Dam Just below Blue Mesa Point Campground / Store

Blue Mesa Reservoir Dam is located 30 miles west of Gunnison and  30 miles east of Montrose, Colorado on US highway 50 where it meets co hwy 92 as it comes across the dam at the west end of the reservoir. Co hwy 92 travels east out of Delta through Hotchkis and Crawford then along the scenic north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and then across the Blue Mesa Reservoir Dam at the moth of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  Co hwy 149 marks the east end of the reservoir and then travels south through Powderhorn, Lake City and parts beyond.


There are two “cut offs” roads that link US highway 50 and Co hwy 149. 


     The first is Blue Mesa Road, just above the dam on US hwy 50 at mile marker 129 across from Blue Mesa Point, (Information center, Store & Campground)  that overlooks the Dam and west end of the lake. This “cut off” is also access to Red Bridge, located on Lake Fork, one of the best Salmon fishing spots in the area.


     The second is Lake City Cut off located midway on the lake just west of the east bridge and meets up with Co hwy 149 near Powderhorn. 



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East Blue Mesa Point Bridge on 149