McPhee Boating Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

McPhee Boat Inspection Sign

The McPhee Recreation Complex is on the south shore of McPhee Reservoir.  The McPhee campground is on a mesa above the reservoir, with road access to the boat launch area (boat ramps are closed unless there are mussel inspectors on site). The 76 campsites on 2 loops have paved access and parking, picnic sites, barrier-free flush toilets, and 24 sites with electric hookups.  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.


Docs Marina on  McPhee Reservoir is open May through October.

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!

Services provided include:

Boat Rentals

Daily fishing information

BBQ Grills

Depth finder

Fishing rods and tackle



At a Glance

Operational Hours: McPhee 2019 inspections schedule

April 13 - May 1

8:00 am- 6:00 pm

7 days a week

Main Boat Ramp

Rentals & Guides: Boats from Docs Marina
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: All trailered boats and intake motors Must be muscle inspected.
Closest Towns: Dolores
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


The McPhee Recreation Complex is on the south shore of McPhee Reservoir. From Dolores, take Colorado Highway 145 south, turn west on Highway 184, and go 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. 

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