Less than an hour drive from Crested Butte, Here Lies Colorado’s Biggest Body of Water. The Blue Mesa Reservoir which is located in the Curecanti National Recreation Area near Gunnison, Colorado, is the perfect place to spend the hot, sunny Colorado summer days. Whether you’re looking to get out on the water on a paddle board, jet ski, water ski, sail boat or just enjoy the sound of lapping waves from the shore, the Blue Mesa Reservoir is the place to be. With over 96 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of room for everyone. Spend your day hiking or fishing from the banks. Put your boat in at one of the easily accessible Marinas or boat ramps. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the campgrounds. The entire family as well as furry, four legged friends will enjoy a day’s outing at the Blue Mesa. Also a popular place for fisherman, the Blue Mesa is known for The Fish of Curecanti. Fishermen frequent the Blue Mesa even during the cold winter months for ice fishing. With outstanding views of the surrounding mesas and Dillon Pinnacles, the Blue Mesa is a sight to see for sure.
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