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Platoro Reservoir

Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Size: 990 Acres

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General Description

Platoro Reservoir
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Platoro Reservoir
Platoro Reservoir lies a short distance west of the tourist-mining village Platoro. Built by the Bureau of Reclamation starting in 1947, the project was completed in 1952 The dam backs the Conejos River seven-and-a-half miles, making a 990-acre lake, the highest man-made lake in North America. The waters are now used to irrigate some 91,000 acres of farm land in the San Luis Valley. Boat rentals are available. Kokanee, rainbow trout and brown trout are stocked in the reservoir.

Directions from Antonito: Take Colorado Highway 17 west 23.0 miles to the Alamosa-Conejos River Road (Forest Road 250) at Elk Creek. Follow Forest Road 250 23 miles up the Conejos River past the turnoffs to Mix Lake. Platoro Reservoir is just west of Mix Lake on Forest Road 247.

Directions from Monte Vista: Take Colorado Highway 15 (Gunbarrel Road) south 12.0 miles. Take the Twelve Mile Road 12.0 miles west to the forest boundary where it becomes the Alamosa-Conejos River Road (Forest Road 250). Follow Forest Road 250 17.0 miles up the Alamosa River and over Stunner Pass to Mix Lake. Platoro Reservoir is just west of Mix Lake on Forest Road 247.

Seasonal Information:
Recreation Season: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Powered Boating Boat rentals available at the reservoir
ICON Camping Mix Lake Campground nearby
ICON Fishing Stocked with Kokanee, rainbow trout and brown trout
ICON Hiking & Walking Sawmill Gulch and Lake Fork Creek Trails nearby
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Platoro was first prospected in the 1870's.
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Platoro Reservoir
ICON Scenic Driving Stunner Pass

Nearby Services

All Services: Platoro Directions: Short distance from the reservoir

Related Activities
Adams Fork - The Adams Fork flows from headwaters below Summit Peak on the Continental Divide to join the Conejos River near Platoro Reservoir.

Conejos River - The Conejos River provides more than 30 stream miles of high quality wild trout fishing. The Conejos River has more public fishing access along its length than any other major river in Colorado.

Conejos River Road - FR 250 Scenic Drive - Forest Road 250 is a graded dirt road that follows the Conejos River from Highway 17 to Platoro, crosses Stunner Pass, and then descends to the San Luis Valley along the Alamosa River.

Kerr Lake - The road is rough and steep in places and shouldn't be attempted without a 4 WD. 85% of the lake shore is rated is rated easy to fish.

Lake Fork Trail - The Lake Fork Trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail. It follows Lake Creek through a rocky canyon, then gradually breaks into open meadows.

Mix Lake - 90% of the shoreline is rated easy to fish. Due to its proximity to the Platoro and Mix Lake Campground, this lake is heavily fished. It is stocked regularly with rainbow trout.

Mix Lake Campground - Mix Lake Campground is located one mile west of Platoro in the Conejos River drainage. Many bodies of water provide fishing and there is access to the South San Juan Wilderness nearby.

Mix Lake Day Use Area - Heavily fished, stocked lake.

Platoro Documentary Site - Platoro, lying in the Conejos Valley, was prospected in the 1870's by Summitville miners. Platoro, a combination of the Spanish word for silver, "plata", and the word for gold, "oro", mined both ores.

Sawmill Gulch Trail (Conejos Peak Ranger District) - A pleasant day hike which offers spectacular views along the way. An excellent area for picnics and mountain scenery exists at the trail's end.

Summitville Documentary Site - Eleven thousand feet above sea level on headwaters of Wightman Fork at base of South Mountain (12,555 altitude) is the historical mining site of Summitville.

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Visitor Information:

Conejos Peak Ranger Station, 15571 County Road T-5, P.O. Box 420 , La Jara, CO, 81140, Phone: 719-274-8971, TTY: 719-274-3139


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