Capote-untitled-June-2009-0003The Lake Capote Recreation Area is open for fishing, boating, day-use, and overnight camping (tent sites and RV hookups). During the 24/7 schedule (early April – end of October) visitors are welcome at any time and the lake’s staff are typically on duty for check-in and bait shop sales between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM.  Fishing is allowed from sunrise until sunset and a self check-in station is available for visitors arriving either before or after personnel hours (see picture below).  RVs and campers may also check-in and buy permits at the self-permitting station.

Self-Permitting-Station, Photo: Josh Batchelor

Self-Permitting-Station, Photo: Josh Batchelor

The Lake will be accessible to the public on a Thursday through Sunday schedule from early March until early April. Please be advised that operating days and hours are subject to change without notice based upon staffing changes.

Starting in early April and lasting through the end of October the facility will be open 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week (24/7). During the 24/7 schedule the concessions/bait shop is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Winter scheduling has not been developed yet but updates will be posted when finalized.


During the 4 days-a-week periods of operation campers and RVs are welcome to overnight Thursday through Saturday nights but are expected to depart by closing (sunset) on Sundays.

Beautiful Mirrored Sunset

Lake Capote Sunset, Photo: Dusk Edwards