Fishing

Since 2011, the reservoir has been stocked with Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Kokanee Salmon. Other species in the lake include White and Flannelmouth suckers, Fathead Minnows, Johnny Darters, and Crayfish.

Guided fishing tours are available through Duranglers.

Fishing Regulations:

  • Bag limit is 4 trout per day and 8 in possession (no size limit restrictions).
  • Anglers can use traditional baits (see Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing Brochure for definitions; e.g., no live bait allowed).
  • Limit on Kokanee Salmon is 10 per day and 10 in possession. No snagging is allowed.
  • No fishing where signs are posted.
  • For complete fishing regulations see here
Paddling

Bring your canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard and enjoy a relaxing paddle on our calm, still waters underneath the breathtaking cliffs of the Ridges Basin. Don’t own a vessel of your own? 4 Corners Riversports offers onsite SUP, kayak, and canoe rentals as well as paddling lessons and SUP yoga classes.

Boating

Bring a boat to cruise our two square miles of pristine mountain water and soak up the sunshine. Whether you love to sail, or need speed for water skiing and wakeboarding we welcome all kinds of boats.

Biking*

Visitors may bike along established lots and roadways. (Bikes are not allowed in the 25ft zone above the shoreline)
*Off-road biking and hiking are not allowed.

Swimming*

Take a splash in the cool blue waters and enjoy the beautiful scenery around you.
*Pets are allowed to swim if they are under owner supervision.
*In the Spring, water temps tend to be cool, around 42 degrees, so a wet suit is recommended.

Plan Your Day: Courses and Events

Private Sailing Lessons

2 Hour Lesson

Single or Private Groups (4per/Max)

Price with Peaks & Tides vessel: $210

Price with private, park approved vessel: $175

Make reservations with Peaks and Tides in advance, pay upon arrival to Lake Nighthorse at the entrance booth and present a paper receipt to Peaks and Tides. For more info visit saildurango.com or call (970) 903-6036.

Guided Fly Fishing Float Trips

One or Two People Half Day - $545

One or Two People Full Day - $595

Dates based on Guide availability

Fly fishing guides from Duranglers specialize in custom guided trips to Lake Nighthorse. Duranglers will put you where the fish are and show you how to catch them. They'll teach fly fishing to beginners of all ages and provide useful tips and tricks to the expert agnler. Contact Duranglers at 970-385-4081 or [email protected] to schedule.