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Southwest Colorado Sights

McPhee Reservoir

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Updated 10/01/2013

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In 1968, state officials approved the construction of an irrigation dam across the Dolores River, forming the McPhee Reservoir, the second largest in the state. It draws anglers looking to bag a variety of warm- and cold-water fish along its 50 miles of shoreline, which is surrounded by spectacular specimens of juniper and sage as well as large stands of pinyon pine. There's a boat ramp and a generous fish-cleaning station. The area also has camping, hiking, and a relatively easy mountain-bike trail, and the mesa offers panoramic views of the surrounding San Juan National Forest.

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Forest Service Rd. 271, off State Hwy. 184, about 9 miles northwest of Dolores, Dolores, Colorado, United States

Updated 10/01/2013


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