“this view does not disappoint!”
Blue Mesa Reservoir / Lake at 20 miles long and almost 100 miles of shoreline is the largest body of water in the state of Colorado. The Dam is 390 feet tall, The Blue Mesa Dam houses two turbine generators and produces an average of 264,329,000 kilowatt-hours each year and the start of the spectacular Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the river below the dam creates Morrow Point Reservoir for 12 miles to its dam at 469 feet tall and then flows into Crystal Reservoir for 6 miles to its Dam 323 feet tall. The three reservoirs are set in the pristine beauty of the Rocky Mountains. All three reservoirs, named for corresponding dams on the Gunnison river form the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the U.S.. Marrow Point Reservoir is the beginning of the black Canyon and below, East Portal is the site of the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel, a National Historical Civil Engineering Landmark. The Blue Mesa Reservoir is bordered on the north side by the West Elk Wilderness Area with more than 175,000 acres in the Gunnison National Forest, This area provides world class hunting and fishing to say the least.
This lake is Pretty neat. Its Right off Hwy 50, and is easy to acces a host of locations around the lake. The water (early august) is actually quite warm when the water source is considered. The landscape is very beautiful, and the water is crystal clear. There is camping around the lake for tents, or RV, which ever you prefer, and, of course, there are ramps for launching your boats. This is a beautiful lake whether you want to simply drive by it, or take advantage of its water. In my opinion, anyone that simply drives by it is missing out. Also Hwy 50 is MUCH more scenic than Int.70 so this lake is almost a given if your driving east/west across Colorado.
Just off the highway, so you will see it regardless, but the stop is worth it to read about the Mesa and Dillon Pinnacles; it's beautiful.
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