Haviland Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Haviland Lake in the Summer

** Due to construction activities on the Haviland Lake dam in 2020 and the low snow pack in the San Juan mountains, Haviland lake will be low or could be dry during the summer of 2021. Please check with the local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office to determine what water levels will be like during your stay: (970) 247-0855.

Haviland Lake Campground is located on the shores of Haviland Lake with beautiful views of the Hermosa Cliffs. Of the 43 campsites, 26 are reservable and 17 have electrical hookups. Many sites, both for RVs and tents, are shaded by Ponderosa pines, some near the lakeshore. 

Services include water, trash pickup, campfire rings, picnic tables, and restrooms. Firewood is available. Many facilities are universally accessible, including barrier-free camping, picnic sites, and toilets. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Check out our Campground Status for up-to-date information.
Reservations: Reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov or calling 1-877-444-6777.
Fees Standard : $24
Premier: $32
Electric Hookup: $32-$42
Double: $60-$75
Open Season: May - October (limited services Sept - Oct)
  • Quiet time is typically between 10pm - 6am. Please be a good neighbor and limit use of generators to no more than one hour at a time.
  • Dogs must be leashed or otherwise physically restrained. Do not leave pets unattended.
  • Check-out time: 12:00 pm; Check-in time: 2:00 pm - if the site is empty, campers may come in anytime.
  • Standard single site occupancy is 8, but a single family with > 8 members is acceptable.
  • Equipment with wheels (RVs, campers, cars) must fit in the parking spur.  There is not any overflow parking available.
  • Max RV size = 45 ft
Closest Towns: Durango, Silverton
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Columbine Ranger District

General Information


From Durango, CO: Travel 19 miles north of Durango on Highway 550. Turn right (east) on Haviland Lake Road, FR 671. Head about 1 mile, across the dam. The campground is on the left.

Haviland Lake Campground area map.

General Notes:
  • Haviland Lake offers excellent fishing and non-motorized boating opportunities. The lake, managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, is a "wakeless" lake; only boats powered by electric troll motors or hand-rowed are allowed. A Colorado Parks and Wildlife fishing license is required to fish. 
  • Forebay Lake Trail: This trail, approximately 1 mile, offers a more secluded setting for fishing.
  • The Rico-to-Rockwood Wagon Road passed through Chris Park in the late 1800s and was in use for 6 years until the railway opened. Day hikers can enjoy the nearby trailhead. A historical marker near the entrance tells the story.
  • Hiking opportunities directly from the campground: Chris Park/Haviland Lake Trail System Map
  • Nearby trails are suitable for mountain biking.
  • For road cyclists, Highway 550 has wide shoulders, scenic views, and some challenging climbs.
  • A commercial stable next to the entrance road offers horseback rides.


Barrier-free campsites, picnic tables available.  Haviland Lake offers barrier-free accessible piers.

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