Camping By Boat
Each reservoir has established boat-in campsites available. In addition, backcountry camping is permitted except within 1/2 mile of any developed area, bridge, maintained public road or boat-in campsite.
Boat-in and backcountry camping is limited to a visit of 14 consecutive nights, and a total limit of 30 days during the calendar year.
Overnight boat camping is not allowed within the main channel of Iola, Cebolla and Sapinero basins, or within 1/2 mile of any developed area.
BLUE MESA RESERVOIR
BLUE MESA BACKCOUNTRY LOCATIONS
Map: Blue Mesa Reservoir Backcountry/Boat-in Campsites »
MORROW POINT RESERVOIR
MORROW POINT BACKCOUNTRY LOCATIONS
Map: Morrow Point and Crystal Reservoirs Backcountry/Boat-in Campsites »
Hand-carried craft only. Accessed at the Mesa Creek Trail trailhead at Cimarron immediately west of Morrow Point Dam. Sudden releases from Morrow Point Dam may create hazardous boating conditions.
BOAT-IN/BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING REGULATIONS
Use a campstove or burn driftwood only. Even dead trees are used by eagles, hawks and other birds of prey as hunting and nesting roosts.
Ground fires are only allowed below the high water line on each reservoir. If a fire grate is provided, please use it.
Pack out all trash.
Camp in spaces provided. To preserve the area, please do not pitch tents outside the spaces provided at the boat-in sites or the disturbed areas at backcountry sites, and do not trench around your tent.
Pets must be on a leash. Please help protect the wildlife in these isolated locations.
Did You Know?
Three historic towns were abandoned and flooded when Blue Mesa Reservoir was created: Iola, Cebolla and Sapinero.