Although there are no designated swimming beaches at Curecanti, on a hot summer day a dip in Blue Mesa Reservoir can be refreshing and enjoyable. Water temperatures are always cold. Surface temperatures average about 65 degrees Farenheit in the summer, and get even colder as you go deeper.
The shoreline of the reservoir is steep and rocky in most places, so finding a good swimming spot can be more difficult than you may expect. Good spots include:
The above locations have designated "no wake" areas for motorboat traffic.
It is illegal to jump off rock cliffs, ledges, bridges or man-made structures from 15 feet or more above the surface of the water within Curecanti.
Did You Know?
Three historic towns were abandoned and flooded when Blue Mesa Reservoir was created: Iola, Cebolla and Sapinero.