Blue Mesa Reservoir At Historic Low Levels
Blue Mesa Reservoir is currently at 39% capacity.
It's Colorado's largest body of water. Perhaps not for much longer. The lake is reaching historic low levels. Boat ramps and marinas at Blue Mesa Reservoir are closing or limiting service for the rest of this year because of the low water. If you're thinking about some fall fishing you'll want to double check the lake access before you head out.
There are some boat ramps that are closed. The Lola ramp is closed and the Lake Fork boat ramp is scheduled to close at the end of the day on Monday, September 10th. The Elk Creek Marina ramp and store are OPEN. For the latest information contact the marina by calling 970-642-4511.
Park Service officials have asked boat slip holders to have their boats out of the water by the end of the day today (Friday). They're also reminding boaters that the low water level is creating new underwater hazards. Boaters should use extreme caution when navigating the lake.
According to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park officials, the lake hasn't been this low since 1987. The continued dry weather has created similar problems for other Colorado River reservoirs including Lake Powell and others.