“The mission at Lake Capote is to develop and manage professional facilities and services providing quality camping, fishing, day-use and other outdoor recreational opportunities for the benefit of Southern Ute Tribal members, their families, and other Lake visitors.”
The 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 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 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.
2020 Operating Schedule
|March 5th - April 5th||Gates are open Thursday - Sunday|
|April 9th - September 28th||Gates are open 7-days/week|
|October 1st – October 25th||Gates are open Thursday - Sunday|
|Monday, October 26th||Closed for the season|
Please be advised that operating days and hours are subject to change without notice based upon staffing changes.
CAMPING DURING THE 4 DAYS-A-WEEK OPERATING SCHEDULES
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 Sunday by close if staying Saturday night.
Day Use Rates
Non-Tribal Member fee per car is $5.00 a day. Tribal Member cost per day per car is free.
|SUIT Tribal Members|
Fishing Permit Rates
|Price Per Day|
|SUIT Tribal Members|
|Adult Fishing (13-54 yrs)||$4|
|Youth Fishing (up to 12 yrs)||FREE|
|Elders Fishing (55 yrs and older)||FREE|
You do NOT need a State of Colorado fishing license to fish at Lake Capote, and Southern Ute Stream Fishing Permits are for streams only. You must purchase a daily Lake fishing permit to fish at Lake Capote.
Scenes from the Lake
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Contact Lake Staff
- Phone: 970-883-2273
- Fax: 970-883-2653
- Contact Form
Div. of Wildlife Administration
- Phone: 970-563-0130
- Fax: 970-563-0305