Lake Capote Recreation Area
Jeff Laydon | 6/1/06
The Lake Capote Recreation Area, under the gaze of dramatic Chimney Rock at the intersection of Highways 160 and 151, is now open Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  (Summer 2006) The Recreation Area is currently offering fishing and picnicking only – the campground will be fully functioning beginning mid-June.  The park has been developed into a very relaxing and comfortable recreation area open to the public. Continued...

All photos by Jeff Laydon, Pagosa Photography
Fishing permits are available for $8.00 per day and allow a catch limit of four trout.  You may keep one over 16 inches.  The stocked lake also contains Large Mouth Bass, which are all catch-and-release.  Continued...

Capote lake
There is also a $5 per auto fee when entering the park. (Southern Ute Tribal Members receive 1/2 off entrance fees.) Swimming is not currently allowed in the lake, but boating is.  No gas powered engines are allowed, but canoes will soon be available for rent from the bait and tackle shop on the west side of the lake.  Continued...

Capote boat
When the park is fully operational, camping will be a special draw to this beautiful area.  There are 10 RV sites with water and electricity, as well as 30 sites for car and tent camping.  Situated in a large stand of pine trees, the campground will be equipped with grills, picnic tables, and plenty of nice spots to choose from.  Men’s and women’s restrooms and a shower facility will also be available for use.

chimney rock view
Owned, operated, and developed by the Southern Ute Tribe, the area is staffed by personnel who live on the premises.  The Lake Capote Recreation Area is a great place to spend time with family and friends, and it is surely a place to be enjoyed for many years to come.

For more information, contact Josh Batchelor at the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Department of Natural Resources at (970) 563-0130.

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