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Beautiful

A really beautiful area. Water is so clear and pretty although the water levels are quite low. Took... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2018
ozzieamy
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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
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Pretty

We just rode down here. Obviously it was closed. We got out and walked on the dock. The reservoir... read more

Reviewed November 8, 2017
Locagirl1
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Reviewed September 15, 2018

Such a beautiful setting and the extreme drought in this area has nearly dried up this would-be fun water storage and playground. Otherwise it gets 5 stars.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank flyhigh96
Reviewed August 18, 2018

McPhee is a huge reservoir with fingers and coves that are fascinating to explore. Every turn exposes beautiful shoreline. We rented a pontoon boat from Doc's Marina and spent 4 wonderful hours cruising and tubing.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank John W
Reviewed August 8, 2018

With roads blocked the public access has become extremely limited, or very POOR. Be prepared to walk many hundreds of yards to go fishing or picnic on the beach at this lake. We tried many access points but found none available for a hundred yard...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Chanhans
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

A really beautiful area. Water is so clear and pretty although the water levels are quite low. Took a little bit for my dog to manage to get down to the water to leap in. Pretty hot and exposed but peaceful.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ozzieamy
Reviewed June 18, 2018

This is a great place in Montezuma County to fish and recreate. Recently the area lakes have been closed to motorized boats so that they can try and prevent contaminating the lakes with zebra mussels. They do have a check in station for boats at...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Tess J
Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

I’ve been going to this lake since I was 3 years old. Amazing fishing, amazing recreation opportunity, amazing everything. I’ve seen a few negative posts on here about it having low water, or having a lot of algae, but honestly, what could be done to...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank Taylor M
Reviewed January 6, 2018

this reservoir is the 2nd largest body of water in CO. great palce to spend a summer morning exploring all the nooks and crannies. Several different launching sites, check out the map avaiable from Dolores CofC. Wind sometimes comes up in afternoon.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank weirdream
Reviewed December 30, 2017

Terrific views of the reservoir with plenty of secluded walk-in campsites. The reservoir itself is ideal for kayakers like me, with plenty of creek arms toexplore.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank abn801
Reviewed November 8, 2017 via mobile

We just rode down here. Obviously it was closed. We got out and walked on the dock. The reservoir is pretty good size and was a pretty drive to get there.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Locagirl1
Reviewed November 8, 2017

Love this reservoir, my in laws came to visit and stood on the campground, not packed like the other campground horror stories. I come to visit often, I think some even do paddle board yoga out here, very calm and relaxing, never crowded... unless theres...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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MackinawPalace-Owner
August 19, 2016|
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Response from Bohica P | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not on the reservoir, one arm of the reservoir where the Delores river empties there are a few homes up high on the cliffs. These homes are well back from the water and it would take some effort to see them from... More
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rindi2015
July 14, 2016|
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Response from doreena10 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we have an inflatable kayak and there are places away from the motorboats that you have safely kayak. One area we liked and you will find kayaks is close to the town of Delores. There is a county road that the local... More
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