NPS - National Park Service

07/21/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/22/2021 13:10

Blue Mesa Reservoir Water Levels to Drop Significantly Over the Next Three Months

July 21, 2021
Contact:Sandra Snell-Dobert, 970-641-2337

Starting in August of 2021, the Bureau of Reclamation in accordance with the Upper Basin Drought Response Operations Agreement (DROA) will begin a drawdown of Blue Mesa Reservoir. The Bureau of Reclamation is drawing water from reservoirs in the Upper portions of the Colorado River watershed to ensure power generation continues at Lake Powell.

As the water drops in Blue Mesa Reservoir, expect closures of boat ramps, marina slips, and other related facilities throughout August. The National Park Service intends to maintain recreation opportunities as long as possible, balanced with boater safety and consideration for adjusting our infrastructure. Docks will need to be moved, fuel lines disconnected, and floating restrooms and boat waste pumping station removed.

Water levels are projected to drop to the 7423' elevation by the end of October. This is a drop of 96' from full pool.

The reservoir will remain open to shore-based recreation and hand launched watercraft as boat ramps are closed. Expect muddy and unstable shorelines. Do not drive near the mud line. Exercise extreme caution when attempting to approach the reservoir to hand launch watercraft or fish from shore.

Please monitor the website at or Curecanti's Facebook page for continuing information as plans develop.