Lake Capote Recreation Area (Map #9)

Lake Capote is a recreation area owned by the Southern Ute Tribe and managed by the Tribe's Division of Wildlife.
Lake Capote Recreation Area
398 Highway 151
Pagosa Springs, CO
(970) 883-2273
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Boating Wildlife Viewing
Boating (electric motor only), camping, fishing, and wildlife viewing.


Camping Restrooms
Showers RV Dump
Water Hookup Electric Hookup
Boat Ramp
The recreation area is equipped with a concessions-bait shop, fish cleaning station, public restrooms, multiple shade structures, campground with 30 primitive camping sites and 10 RV sites with electric and water hook-ups, RV water fill station, RV dump station, rental boats and paddle boats, and a centrally located campground bathhouse providing restroom and shower services.

Row boats and paddle boats are available for rent during the operating hours of the bait/concession shop. In the bait shop visitors can also find fishing supplies, snacks, beverages, basic food items, information related to the surrounding area as well as basic camping goods and bathroom supplies.

There are a total of 6 public restrooms which are accessible at the bait shop, on the east side of the lake, and in the campground.


Camping fees, on a first come, first serve basis.
Daily lake fishing permit.


Annually stocked with rainbow trout, brown trout, channel catfish, and largemouth bass. Fishing is allowed from sunrise to sunset.

Fishing License

A State of Colorado fishing license is not required, but you must purchase a daily Lake fishing permit to fish at Lake Capote.

Water Recreation

Power boats or aspirated outboard motors are not allowed but anglers may use electric trolling motors. Swimming is not allowed in the lake.