Canoe on Lake Capote

Lake Capote Recreation Area

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Canoe on Lake Capote - Jeremy Wade Shockley | Southern Ute Drum
Chimney Rock

Lake Capote Recreation Area

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Chimney Rock - Jeremy Wade Shockley | Southern Ute Drum
Lake Capote Bait Shop

Lake Capote Recreation Area

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Lake Capote Bait Shop

Lake Capote is currently closed to the general public due to the Covid-19 Outbreak. Tribal Members and their immediate family members may still access Lake Capote during regular business hours. Lake Capote is currently open Thursday – Sunday.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Our Mission

“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 5thGates are open Thursday - Sunday
April 9th - September 28thGates are open 7-days/week
October 1st – October 25thGates are open Thursday - Sunday
Monday, October 26thClosed 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.

Fee Information

Day Use Rates

Non-Tribal Member fee per car is $5.00 a day. Tribal Member cost per day per car is free.

Campground Rates

 DailyWeekly
General Public
Tent Sites$18$108
RV Sites$25$150
SUIT Tribal Members
Tent SitesFreeFree
RV Sites$10$60

Fishing Permit Rates

 Price Per Day
General Public
Adult Fishing$10
Youth Fishing$4
Derby$20
SUIT Tribal Members
Adult Fishing (13-54 yrs)$4
Youth Fishing (up to 12 yrs)FREE
Elders Fishing (55 yrs and older)FREE
Derby (All)$20
Fishermen Note
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

Come Visit Us

Contact Lake Staff

Div. of Wildlife Administration

  • Phone: 970-563-0130
  • Fax: 970-563-0305