Jackson Gulch Reservoir (217 acre lake) at Mancos State Park is a great place for hand-powered crafts such as kayaks, canoes and sailboats, as well as motorized boats, and the facility includes a very nice concrete boat ramp for launching virtually any sized craft. Jackson Gulch is a “wakeless” lake so boaters cannot create a wake here. The boat ramp closes in mid-Oct. until the ice leaves the lake in the spring.
Boats must have a valid registration from Colorado or your home state. Colorado registrations are valid from Jan. 1- Dec. 31. You can register your boat at any Parks and Wildlife Office.
ANS (Aquatic Nuisance Species) inspections are required on all trailered boats before launching. Someone is available to do inspections from 8AM to 4:30PM weekdays, and until 6:30PM F/Sat during the summer. If no one is in the entrance station please call the phone number posted on the kiosk. When the park is not staffed inspections can be arranged by appointment by calling the Wildlife Area 15 office in Durango at (970) 247-0855, or our park office at (970) 533-7065
Please visit the Boating section of our website for more information on ANS and state regulations.