Prior to fishing at these lakes, make sure that you have the appropriate licenses and are familiar with the governing agency's fishing regulations for that particular lake.
Platoro Reservoir (Map #12)
Located approx. 75 miles west of Alamosa, Co, Platoro Reservoir is managed by the Rio Grande National Forest. Platoro is a natural and unspoiled destination nestled in the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado. Platoro started out as a boomtown in the late 1800s following the discovery of large deposits of gold and silver in the area. Summitville is a nearby ghost town where gold was first discovered in 1870, then mined until the early 1990s.
Rio Grande National Forest
1803 W. Highway 160
Monte Vista, CO 81144
➠ Directions (Google Map)
Non-motorized boating and picnicking. The nearby resort community of Platoro offers boat and canoe rentals, trail rides, cook's night, there are outfitter-guides, cabins and a store.
Only a boat ramp is available at Platoro Reservoir. No water or restrooms. The closest camping area is located to the north at primitive camp site Mix Lake Campground. Located here one can rent the Platoro Cabin #2 from the Rio Grande National Forest. Please contact the Ranger District (719) 274-8971 for additional information. Reservations and payment made through recreation.gov link or call (877) 444-6777.
Fishing license is required from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Kokanee salmon, rainbow and brown trout.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
The reservoir is open to non-motorized boats.
Big game hunting is popular in fall, while snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities.