McPhee Boating Site

Area Status: Open
McPhee Boat Inspection Sign

The McPhee Recreation Complex is on the south shore of McPhee Reservoir. McPhee Boat Ramp is open mid-April through October. There is mandatory mussel inspections on site.

The McPhee Recreation Complex includes full service marina and the McPhee Campground.  Two non-developed fishing-access sites are further east on Highway 184 at the Big Bend and Dolores Access sites. There are also two day-use fishing areas on the north shore with composting toilets: Sage Hen northwest of the McPhee Recreation Area, and Dry Canyon, which is accessed from the Glade area on FS Road 510.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opening day is April 21, 2023.
Operational Hours: 2023 Dates / Times
April 21 to April 30: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
May 1 - September 19: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
September 20 - October 31: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Rentals & Guides: Boats from local vendors
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: All trailered boats and intake motors Must be mussel inspected.
Closest Towns: Dolores
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Dolores, CO, take Colorado Highway 145 south, turn west on Highway 184, and travel about 7 miles. Look for the McPhee Recreation Area sign on the north side of the highway and turn onto County Road 25, then take the first right, which will lead into the recreation area. The McPhee Recreation Complex is on the south shore of McPhee Reservoir.

General Notes:
  • McPhee is the SECOND LARGEST LAKE IN COLORADO! This lake has a little bit of everything to do on it; from fishing for Walleye, small and large mouth bass, trout, crappie, northern pike, perch, kokanee salmon, to cruising the  beautiful branches of the lake, to all of the water sports in the larger parts of the lake! This lake has it all!
  • Full Service Marina, open May - October. Services provided include:
    • Boat Rentals
    • Daily fishing information
    • BBQ Grills
    • Depth finder
    • Fishing rods and tackle


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

River and Stream Fishing

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized

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