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McPhee Reservior Recreation Area





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General Description

McPhee Reservoir is the largest reservoir in the San Juan-Rio Grande National Forests. There are numerous fishing, boating, water sport, hiking, camping and picnicking opportunities in the general area.

The most accessible part of McPhee Reservoir is reached by traveling on Highway 145 south and Highway 184 west for about 7 miles. Turn north into the complex on Forest Road 271. McPhee Campground is about 2 miles from Highway 184.

Directions from Dolores: Travel south on Highway 145 and west on Highway 184 for about 7 miles to County Road 25. Turn north off this road and into the McPhee Recreation area complex on Forest Road 271.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Open) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
McPhee Area is open with limited services. Updated: 2004-07-14 11:57:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Sailing McPhee Reservoir
Yes
ICON Powered Boating McPhee Reservoir
Yes
ICON Boat Launching McPhee and House Creek
Yes
ICON Other Watercraft McPhee Reservoir
Yes
ICON Camping Trailers, RV's and tents
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing McPhee Reservoir
Yes
ICON Forest Areas McPhee Reservior Recreation Area
Yes
ICON Games & Play McPhee Group Campground
ICON Group Picnicking McPhee Group Picnic Ground
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Roads and trails around McPhee Reservoir
Yes
ICON Viewing Interpretive Signs McPhee Trail
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Roads and trails around McPhee Reservoir
ICON ATV Riding Some roads around McPhee Reservoir
Yes
ICON Canoeing Roads and trails around McPhee Reservoir
Yes
ICON Picnicking McPhee Group Picnic Ground
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery McPhee Reservoir
Yes



Related Activities
Mcphee Boat Launch - Six-lane concrete boat ramp, fish cleaning station, two courtesy boat docks, flush toilets, drinking water, Marina.

Mcphee Campground - McPhee Recreation Complex, on the south side of McPhee Reservoir, has the most modern camping facilities on the forest. There are showers, flush toilets, a sanitary dumping station, and 16 sites with electric hookups.

Mcphee Group Picnic Ground - McPhee Group Area has camping and picnicking sites, which are next to McPhee Campground. Volleyball posts, a ball field, and horseshoe pits are provided.

Mcphee Group Site - McPhee Group Area has camping and picnicking sites, which are next to McPhee Campground. Volleyball posts, a ball field, and horseshoe pits are provided.

McPhee Reservoir Documentary Site - Even if you do not actually see individual animals, you will find the type of natural habitat where they can be found. Most species are best seen during very early morning hours or late afternoon and evening.

McPhee Trail - McPhee Trail runs from PiƱon and Juniper Loops before reaching McPhee Overlook (0.5 mile). Splendid views of the lake and local sandstone cliff formations can be enjoyed all along its route.

McPhee/House Creek Bike Route - This mountain bike route follows paved and gravel roads with views of House Creek drainage.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Mesa Verde Country Visitor Information, P.O. Box HH , Cortez, CO, 81321, Phone: 800-253-1616, Fax: 970-565-1155, lynnd@mesaverdecountry.com

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