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

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.”


Per the Stay Home Order, which remains in effect, the Lake will be operated under the same general COVID related restrictions that were in place during 2020. This includes: Closed to general public. Only enrolled SUIT members and accompanying immediate family allowed for camping, fishing, and day-use. Limited 4-day week – gate is closed Mon/Tue/Wed (except holiday Mondays). Social distancing and face masks required. No boating allowed. Some services/facilities may be limited for safety reasons. Contact the Lake (970) 883-2273 or Wildlife Office (970) 563-0130 for more information.

2021 Operating Schedule

March 4th - October 31st Days Open (to Tribal Members Only): Thursday thru Sunday ( + holiday Mondays)
Baitshop Hours: 8:00am. – 6:00pm
Monday, November 1stClosed for the season

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

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Contact Lake Staff

Div. of Wildlife Administration

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