Homestake Reservoir Boat Ramp Day Use Area



Homestake Reservoir was reopened in the fall of 2014 (click here for the press release from the Homestake Water Project that describes the work done). It is open to non-motorized hand-launched boats only. For current dam or water conditions, see the City of Aurora's webpage at:


This area is at the end of Forest Road 703, which is open annually from May 21 - Nov 22 (weather permiting). It is a very primitive gravel ramp and often requires the user to carry their boat on very uneven surfaces to the water. The last mile or so of the road is steep and rough, requiring 4WD. The reservoir is currently closed to all trailors and motorized boats. You may carry a non-motorized boat to the water.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Red Cliff

General Information

Directions: Travel west from Vail on I-70 to Exit 171 for Minturn. Exit here and head south on US 24 for about 13 miles to Homestake Road, FSR 703. Proceed southwest about 10 miles on this improved dirt road, past the Gold Park Campground. Continue past the Missouri Creek Road another couple miles before reaching a fork in the road. Take a left at this fork, where the road becomes much steeper and rougher, requiring 4wd, to reach the reservoir about 1/2 mile further.

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