Lemon Reservoir

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Lemon Reservoir


(970) 385-6577

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Lemon Dam was completed in 1963 and is the principal feature of the Florida Project in southwest Colorado. The Florida Project is one of the initial group of participating projects authorized with the Colorado River Storage Project. The reservoir has a maximum surface area of 622 acres and is located on the Florida River, northeast of Durango, Colorado. The reservoir provides important recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits; however, its primary purpose is to provide irrgation water and flood control. Recreation management is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service, San Juan National Forest. There are many exciting recreational opportunities available for nature lovers at the reservoir

Map of Lemon Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 37.405142, -107.660780



  • Boating

    There is a boat launch area at the north end of the reservoir for fishing and other water sports.

  • Bicycling

    Visitors can bike the scenic roads of the San Juan National Forest or the rustic trails within.

  • Camping

    The U.S. Forest Service operates the Miller Creek Campground two miles north of the reservoir. 12 campsites are available at the campground.

  • Fishing

    Common fish to go for in the reservoir are brown and rainbow trout and kokanee salmon.

  • Hiking

    Numerous nearby hiking opportunities are available in the San Juan National Forest.

  • Horseback Riding

    The San Juan National Forest offers horseback riding opportunities.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    The surrounding San Juan National Forest provides areas for OHV driving. Check with the local ranger office for rules, regulations, recommended routes.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are located at the campground and at the Lemon Reservoir day-use area.

  • Water Sports

    Popular water sports include fishing most of all, but sailing, kayaking and sailboarding are common.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and sledding are excellent winter activities in the San Juan National Forest.


The campground is closed seasonally due to weather.



Take County Road 240 north from Durango, CO, to the intersection of County Rd. 243, about 12 miles. Take County Rd. 243 (dirt road) north to Lemon Reservoir, about 2 miles.

Phone Numbers


(970) 385-6577