Harvey Gap State Park

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Harvey Gap State Park

Colorado

(970) 625-1607

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Things To Do

Overview

Harvey Gap State Park, five miles east of Rifle Gap Reservoir, is a favorite spot with anglers. This lake is extremely popular for fishing, swimming and picnicking. The diverse fishery along with a 20 horsepower restriction make it a favorite for anglers wanting a peaceful day fishing. Ample shade and clear water make it equally popular for swimming and picnicking. Camping is not allowed at Harvey Gap, but is permitted at nearby Rifle Gap and Rifle Falls State Parks. In the winter, enthusiasts can snowmobile, cross-country ski and ice fish. Visitors can see wildlife in the area, including migrating waterfowl. This day-use area sits at an elevation of 6,400 feet. The park is a beautiful cedar and sagebrush habitat, with a grand hogback - a mountain ridge that runs along the backside of the park.

Map of Harvey Gap (CO)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.607474, -107.657862

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Activities

  • Boating

    Harvey Gap is a great lake for small boats. Motor boats must use motors that are 20 horsepower or less. Sailing and canoeing are popular too. You must carry an appropriately-sized life jacket for each person on board your boat. Children 12 and under must wear their life jackets at all times while on board the vessel. A boat ramp is located at the northern entrance of the park.

  • Fishing

    Fishing at Harvey Gap is good during the summer and the winter. You can take catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, crappie, rainbow trout and northern pike. Boats with motors 20 horsepower or less and manual powered are welcome. Remember to bring life jackets and a valid fishing license.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed 100 yards from any building or Day Use Area and 50 feet from the centerline of a roadway. Waterfowl hunting is available on the north side of the reservoir, and dogs are allowed at the park only in that area and only during that time.

  • Picnicking

    Take in the beautiful views while you eat close to the water at Harvey Gap. The park has 30 picnic sites with grills. Many sites are in the shade. Please remember that fires are permitted only in the grills. The picnic areas have trash cans and restrooms. The picnic sites are available on first come, first-served basis. A group picnic site is available nearby at Rifle Gap State Park, which is six miles west of Harvey Gap. Pets are not allowed at Harvey Gap. The park closes at 10 p.m.

  • Water Sports

    In the summer, the Harvey Gap Swim Beach is a great place to beat the heat. You will find the beach at the south entrance to the park. The beach has shaded picnic tables with grills, trash cans and restrooms. Pets and glass containers are not permitted on the beach.

  • Winter Sports

    Ice fishing is popular at Harvey Gap. Check the Conditions page for ice thickness. Conditions can change the opening and closing dates from year to year. Cold weather buffs can also cross-country ski, snowshoe and snowmobile near the park.

Seasonality/Weather

Park is open year-round from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Boaters and anglers have 24 hour access.

Directions

Driving

From I-70 Silt Exit 0.1 miles east on Main. Turn north on 7th. 7th will become CR 214 (peach valley) Travel 1.2 miles. Turn west on CR233 (Silt Mesa) Travel 1.1 miles. Turn north on CR 237 (Harvey Gap Rd) 3.3 miles To Park Entrance. From Rifle travel 4 miles north on highway 13 to highway 325. Take highway 325 north east about 7 miles passing the Rifle Gap visitor center. Turn right on CR 226 and travel about 4 miles to a "Y" junction. Turn right onto CR 237 (Harvey Gap Road) .2 miles to first pull out at lake.

Flying

Denver is the closest airport.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(970) 625-1607

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