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Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Haviland Lake Campground – CLOSED

Haviland Lake Campground is situated on its beautiful namesake within the San Juan National Forest, 18 miles north of Durango. Visitors enjoy the area for its canoeing, fishing and hiking opportunities in a scenic, natural setting. The popular campground is beautiful any time of the year.


Haviland Lake is an 80-acre, no-wake lake with excellent boating, canoeing and fishing opportunities. An accessible fishing dock is located on the lakeshore. Anglers cast for rainbow and brown trout. A Colorado Division of Wildlife fishing license is required to fish.

Several trailheads are in the vicinity. The Forebay Lake Trail begins in the campground and leads to small Forebay Lake, just over a mile east of the campground.

The historic Rico-to-Rockwood Wagon Road passes through Haviland and Chris Park. Built in the late 1800s, the road was used for six years until the railway opened.


The campground offers single- and double-family sites, many of which have electric hookups. Picnic tables and campfire rings are provided, as are accessible vault toilets and drinking water.

Natural Features

The campground is situated on the shore of Haviland Lake, among shady, towering ponderosa pines, at an elevation of 8,705 feet. Many sites have lake views and easy shoreline access. Campers are awarded spectacular views of the Hermosa Cliffs across the lake.

ADA Access: N

$24.00 - $75.00
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Haviland Lake Campground – CLOSED is located in Colorado
37.5347 N
-107.8058 W
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From Durango, travel north on Highway 550 for 18 miles to Haviland Lake Road. Turn right onto Haviland Lake Road and continue a mile to the campground.
8 Reviews of Haviland Lake Campground – CLOSED

You could hear water flowing to the lake from most campsites. The lake was great for kayaking and we saw a lot of people fishing. Great hiking trail that follows along a stream. Camp hosts were great and the bathrooms were very clean! Will definitely be back!

Beautiful lake

We really enjoyed this campground specifically for the location and the beautiful lake. Great place to kayak, SUP, and fish. However we had a very small campsite And could barely squeeze 3 small tents on it. Unfortunately no good trees to hang our hammocks, but the camp sites closest to the lakes had the best views and biggest space. Nicely kept bathrooms but no sink.

Cool place to camp!

Athough I booked a 2 night stay I was only here 1 of the 2 days.  Very nice campground.  The pads and spots are nice and well groomed.  I booked one of the nicer spots too.  There are hookups at this campground and it isn't too far away from stores.  Liked the place overall.  No rushing waters but Haviland Lake took the attention.  Serene, not crowded with noise from the main road which is a ways off the water front on the other side of the campground.  The camp sites are not close to one another and provide ample privacy.  There are trees and shade, take bug spray as the mosquitoes want ya.  Very nice place in my book!  I would return!  Pricey but nice! Bathrooms are well maintained and just an overall pretty classy spot.


Went night fishing at the dock. Slept at the camp grounds, everyone was friendly, and it was quiet, restroom facilities were very clean. Loved it, would definitely camp here again.

in the woods

beautiful campground and nice big sites. picnic tables and fire pit. need to understand some sites are along the road and not good for a bigger rig with slide outs. but also have backin sites great for 40 ft Motorhome.

Haviland and Chris park

Great fishing and kayaking/SUPing on the lake. It can get crowded with day users. People tend to drive fast where there are kids and dogs playing on the side of the road. All out of town plates. Very sad.

Crowded in summer

It is about 20 minutes from the town of Durango, and is a beautiful little park. It is awesome in winter time (no camping allowed) for xc skiing and snow shoeing, and in summer is a very popular spot for weekenders. There are several trails around the park and lake that leave right from the campground.

Sites are semi private, you are not camped right on top of your neighbors and the picnic tables were great. Just watch out for bears and make sure your food is properly stored as they know this is a hot camping spot. It can get a little loud on weekends.

First to Review
Beautiful and peaceful mountain camping

I stayed at Haviland Lake near Durango, Colorado for three days, but could have stayed for a week or more! Very beautiful area and nice campsites next to a pristine mountain lake filled with trout and in a serene mountain setting. Hosts were very friendly and helpful and there were opportunities for paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking (no motorized watercraft). If you have time, go down into Durango and take the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Train ride through the majestic San Juan Mountains of Colorado, or drive to Silverton and spend the day back in the 19th Century!