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 provides a significant recreational amenity to the area.
Onsight rentals include paddleboards, kayaks and canoes.
Lake Nighthorse Fishing
All fishing at Lake Nighthorse requires a Colorado Parks and Wildlife fishing license for individuals 16 years of age and older. Please review the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing Brochure prior to fishing at Lake Nighthorse.
April 1 – May 13: Saturday and Sunday ONLY from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 22 – May 31: Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 1 – September 3: Daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
September 4 – September 30: Daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October 1 – November 14: Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November 15 – March 31: Seasonal Closure