ELK CREEK CAMPGROUND, CO

Elk Creek Campground is on the north shore of Blue Mesa Reservoir. The lake is Colorado's largest body of water with 96 miles of shoreline and the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the United States. The campground is part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area, which was...
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  • This is a high elevation facility, please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
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Overview

Overview

Elk Creek Campground is on the north shore of Blue Mesa Reservoir. The lake is Colorado's largest body of water with 96 miles of shoreline and the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the United States.

The campground is part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area, which was named after a Ute Indian chief of the mid-19th century.

Natural Features:

At an altitude of 7,540 feet, Elk Creek is surrounded by a vast expanse of sagebrush. Trees are minimal because the reservoir gets less than 12 inches of rain a year.

Curecanti National Recreation Area is sandwiched between the towns of Montrose and Gunnison, Colorado. It spans three reservoirs, named for corresponding dams on the Gunnison River. These include the Crystal Reservoir, Morrow Point Reservoir and Blue Mesa.

Recreation:

Anglers delight in catching large salmon and rainbow trout, while water sports fans find excitement in windsurfing and water skiing.

Swimming is permitted throughout the 20-mile long reservoir and birders can find bald eagles here in the winter.

Facilities:

In summer months, pay showers are open and campfire programs are in full swing.

There's a marina adjacent to the campground that's open late spring to early fall.

Cell phone service is available here and electric hookups are in Loop D only.

Nearby Attractions:

Head down to the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel, a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark or visit the Morrow Point Reservoir at the beginning of the Black Canyon.

At morrow point, visitors can take a ranger-led pontoon boat through the upper Black Canyon. Find more tour information here.

Booking Window

STANDARD ELECTRIC

Fri Aug 01 2014 - Thu Jan 29 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Fri Aug 01 2014 - Thu Jan 29 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC

Fri Aug 01 2014 - Thu Jan 29 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 16 2014 Sat Sep 06 2014
Walk In Sun Sep 07 2014 Thu May 14 2015
Peak Fri May 15 2015 Fri Sep 11 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Bait Shop
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Security Lights
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers (Seasonal)
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Visitor Center
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 16 2014 -
Sep 06 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $15.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $12.00-$15.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $15.00-$18.00
Walk In Season
Sep 07 2014 -
May 14 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $15.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $12.00-$15.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $15.00-$18.00
Peak Season
May 15 2015 -
Sep 11 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $15.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $12.00-$15.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $15.00-$18.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.46778, -107.17583
38°28'4"N, 107°10'33"W

Elk Creek is located off of US Hwy 50 between Gunnison and Montrose, along Blue Mesa reservoir.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

ELK CREEK CAMPGROUND
24830 US Hwy 50
GUNNISON  CO  81230

Phone Number:

Information:  (970)641-2337