Get back to nature at Rifle Gap State Park, a 360 surface acre reservoir for fishing, camping, boating and swimming in cool Rocky Mountain water.  Water sports are popular during the summer months; water skiers, water crafts & jet skies, fisherman, kayakers, canoers all share and enjoy the waters.  And ice skating, ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing are popular in the winter.

Boating On Rifle Gap Reservoir


Or if feeling adventurous, raft the Colorado River! The excitement and thrills of thrashing though whitewater rapids are just a short drive from Rifle.  Many hotels have “stay & play” packages, see our online Business Directory – Lodging for details.

White water rafting near Rifle, Colorado

As always when boating in or around Rifle, please respect the rights of other users by following these applicable laws and regulations.   Note: registration is required for all power boats and sail boats operating on Colorado waters.   For more information on how to get your boat registered, go to the Colorado State Parks.

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Before leaving a lake or other waterway, boaters should:
• DRAIN the water from the boat, live well and the lower unit of the engine.
• CLEAN the hull of your boat.
• DRY the boat, fishing gear, and equipment.
• INSPECT all exposed surfaces.
• REMOVE all plant and animal material.

Before you head to the lake, use this guide to watercraft cleaning instructions.

Mandatory Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) inspections are available at Rifle Gap State Park & Harvey Gap State Park.  Contact the Colorado State Parks – Rifle Gap office at (970) 625-1607 with any questions.

Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Inspections

As a reminder, all boats must be inspected for Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) prior to launch. Mandatory Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) inspections are available at Rifle Gap and at Harvey Gap Boat Ramp.  Contact the Colorado State Parks Visitor Center for seasonal dates & times.

Contributed by the Colorado State Parks, last updated June 2010