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Lake Information for McPhee Reservoir


McPhee Reservoir is located in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. It is the second largest artificial body of water in Colorado. It was constructed and is operated by the United States Bureau of Reclamation as part of the Dolores Project, and dams the Dolores River to furnish irrigation water for Montezuma and Dolores counties and the Ute Mountain Indian Reservation.

McPhee Reservoir is named for McPhee, Colorado, a company town founded by the New Mexico Lumber Company, that is now submerged under the reservoir. In 1927, the McPhee sawmill produced over half of Colorado's lumber. The town housed up to 1,500 employees. The sawmill closed in 1946

Facilities and Parks: 

Within Facility
* Boat Ramp
* Boating
* Dump Station
* Electrical Plug On Site
* Fish Cleaning Station
* Fishing
* Flush Toilet
* Hiking Trail
* Showers
* Telephone
* Water Skiing
* Wildlife Viewing

Directions to Lake: 

From Dolores, take Highway 145 for 2 miles, turn right onto Highway 184. Travel for 4 miles on Highway 184, turn right at the McPhee Recreation Complex entrance. Proceed on road 271 to the McPhee Campground, follow sign to the Pinyon Loop.

Brown Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
McPhee Reservoir
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Anasazi Angler Incorporated
  • 12895 Highway 140 - Hesperus, CO
  • (970) 385-4665

Boat Rental

    Reliable Marine Service
  • 13088 Mc Rd 23 - Cortez, CO
  • (970) 564-9958

Vacation Rental

Bar and Restaurant

    Hollywood Bar & Cafe
  • 417 Central Ave - Dolores, CO
  • (970) 882-9998

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