Navajo Lake is the largest lake in the Durango and Southwest Colorado area.
A portion of the lake extends south into Northern New Mexico, so it serves lake enthusiasts in both states. Navajo Reservoir, created by the Navajo Dam, is 35 miles long, has a water surface area of 23 square miles and features 159 miles of shoreline. Navajo is indeed a large lake and is Colorado's answer to Lake Powell. As a deep, wide open lake, there are no limits on boat-size permitting fishing and water-skiing power boats as well as large houseboats. The lake sets at an elevation of about 6,000 square feet and is open year-round. Nominal fees are charged.
The Colorado State Parks Department administers the Colorado side of the lake which features a 71 camping site campground, a marina and a visitor's center. The lake, which is near Durango CO and Pagosa Springs, Colorado has a boat ramp, modern bathrooms, showers. picnic areas, drinking water and an RV dumping station. Visitors can bring their own boats, but boats and watercraft can be rented. Enjoy all of the water recreation you can handle including boating, sailing, jet-skiing, fishing, water-skiing, camping, house-boating and swimming. Notice however that off road use is prohibited.