$24 / night

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Lake Fork Campground

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About

National Park Service

Curecanti National Recreation Area

Overview

Lake Fork Campground is on the Blue Mesa Reservoir, near the reservoir's dam. It is a part of the historic Curecanti Recreation Area and is an ideal place to stay for days of boat recreation, hiking and taking in the views of the Black Canyon.

Recreation

Jet skiing, water skiing and canoeing are some of the many water activities available on the reservoir.Bird Watching is also rewarding, with chances to see the black-billed magpie. Along the shrubland, visitors can spot Gunnison's Prairie Dogs popping out of their holes.

Facilities

Flush toilets are available in summer months.____ Cell phone service is limited. For anglers, a fish cleaning station is provided for conveniently preparing the days catch.______ Elk Creek, Lake Fork and Iola boat ramps are OPEN for the season.____

Natural Features

The steep canyon walls in this part of the reservoir were carved out by the Gunnison River, which once flowed with powerful intensity fueled by the snowmelt of nearby mountains. Today, the Gunnison river is dammed in three places, creating three large and beautiful reservoirs to be enjoyed by visitors. The land is characterized by semi-arid shrubland with vast expanses of sagebrush. The natural features and ecosystems of Curecanti vary greatly, with Riparian habitats, epic canyons and lush patches of Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and aspen trees.

Nearby Attractions

The recreation area is just south of Gunnison National Forest and east of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There's no shortage of options for Scenic Drives and Hiking. Try hiking the Curecanti Creek Trail or Hermit's Rest Trail off HWY 92..

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Good
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Fair
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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Kimberly Y.
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2022

Parking lot camping

The view of the lake and surrounding mountains is pretty. But no showers.

SiteUpper Loop 35
Month of VisitAugust
Sierra J.
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2022

Clean restrooms and great views!

Great view of the lake! Basically two glorified parking lots with picnic tables and fire pits, but they had the cleanest restrooms I’ve ever seen at a campground! I’ll be coming back.

Almost perfect Verizon service

Site17
Month of VisitJuly
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Reviewed Jun. 17, 2022

Good for a Parking Lot

Lake Fork Campground is three camper parking lots, a walk to tent area and one huge boat ramp. There are clean flush toilets, but the shower building is not open. There are trees only around a rest room and the little amphitheater. The only time we had connectivity on Verizon was in the early hours before dawn. AT&T was good until about noon. Then it was spotty at best, but got a bit better in the later afternoon. The interior pull through sites are just big enough for big rigs. Those on the lake side get quite windy most afternoons. During the week it is quiet except for some low highway noise. However, on the weekends it gets noisy from the influx of campers. It is easy to get here, but U.S. 50 has some tight curves coming from the east. That could be improved in the future. As of June 2022, there was major construction on it. It is close Mon. - Thurs. except for two time slots around lunch and dinner time. If traffic is too heavy, they will require vehicles to go alternate routes: which will add about 50-75 miles to a trip.

Site58
Month of VisitJuly

Location

Lake Fork Campground is located in Colorado

Detail location of campground

Directions

Lake Fork campground is located off of Hwy 50 between Gunnison and Montrose, along Blue Mesa reservoir.

Address

102 ELK CREEK
Gunnison, CO 81230

Coordinates

38.4588889 N
107.33 W

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