This high mountain reservoir sees low to moderate boating use. The beautiful lake is situated west of Vallecito Reservoir. The reservoir was built in 1963 for water storage for irrigation. The reservoir has 622 surface acres of water and 10.0 miles of shoreline. The elevation of Lemon Reservoir is 8150 feet and it is 150 feet deep. The reservoir received its name from the Lemon Ranch which was mostly covered when the reservoir when it was built.
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Boaters on Lemon Reservoir are usually fishing but we do see a few sailboarders and sailors. Even though the water is cold we see an occasional water-skier. Fish in the lake include brown and rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon.
Colorado boating regulations apply so make sure your boat is registered and you have all your safety gear before you go.
A cement boat launch is located at Miller Creek Campground. This Forest Service Campground is the only campground on the reservoir. There is plenty of boat trailer parking space available. There is a day use area at the north end of the reservoir, which has a parking area for approximately 20 vehicles and a restroom, however, there are no other facilities available so make sure you come prepared.
Directions from Durango, Colorado: Travel north on County Road 240 13 miles to Helen's Store. Turn onto County Road 243 (Forest Service Road 596), and the boat launch is approximately 2 miles.
Directions from Bayfield, Colorado: Travel 11 miles on County Road 501, then turn left onto County Road 240 and travel 3 miles to Helen's Store. Turn right onto County Road 243 and continue to the lake.
April through November
(NOTE: Season approximate depending on fishing)
Ice Fishing Season:
November through April
(NOTE: Approximate season for ice fishing)