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.

Colorado Regulations

Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Colorado Division of Wildlife
(800) 244-5613

Ridgway Reservoir (Map #16)

Located 15 miles north of Ouray, CO, Ridgway Reservoir is managed by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Ridgway State Park
28555 Highway 550
Ridgway, CO, 81432
(970) 626-5822
➠ Directions (Google Map)


Boating Hiking
Mountain Biking Wildlife
Boating, fishing, hiking (over 14 miles), mountain biking, water recreational sports, and wildlife viewing.


Three campgrounds with 258 campsites for RVs, trailers, campers and motor homes as well as 25 walk-in tent sites for a more remote experience. Each of the campgrounds offer restrooms with coin operated showers and laundromats. Campsites can be reserved at (800) 244-5613 or
Camping Group Camping
Boat Ramp Restrooms
Showers Laundry
Electric Hookup Water Hookup
RV Dump

Dakota Terraces Campground
This campground has 79 site and is within walking distance of the reservoir and swim beach. All campsites here have RV electrical hookups and shared water. Three yurts are also located here. The dump station is located at the entrance to the campground. This is the only area of the park with year-round RV camping.

Elk Ridge Campground
This is the most popular campground, located on the top of a mesa, there are 107 campsites. RV campsites have electric hookups and shared water and there are 10 walk-in tent sites. The dump station is located down the hill at the entrance to the Dakota Terraces Campground.

Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground
There are 95 campsites with full hookup (electric, water and sewage service). Campsites 200-280 are located close to the Uncompahgre River; some of these have beautiful views of the river. Tent campers can enjoy the 15 walk-in tent campsites, 281-295, located across the river in a secluded Ponderosa pine forest.


Daily park fee.
Camping fees.
Fishing license is required from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.


Fishing Ice Fishing
Rainbow, brown, and splake.

Fishing License

Colorado Parks and Wildlife
(800) 244-5613

Water Recreation

Boating Water Skiing Wind surfing
Water recreation includes lake fishing, power boating, paddle boarding, wind surfing, and waterskiing. Boats must be inspected.

Winter Recreation

Cross Country Skiing Snow Shoeing
Winter recreation includes ice climbing, skiing, and snow shoeing.