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Lake at Harvey Gap State Park. Photo: Leah Durham, Facebook

Harvey Gap State Park is a Colorado State Park located in Rifle, and is around 71 miles northeast from the city of Grand Junction. The park offers boating, fishing, snowshoeing, and picnicing with great views of Harvey Gap Lake.


There are a plethora of things to do available to Harvey Gap State Park explorers.

Here are just a few of the many amusements at Harvey Gap park:

Boating At Harvey Gap State Park

Harvey Gap Reservoir is a lovely location for boating in the summer. This location has only one boat ramp to the east, and all boats need to be inspected for Aquatic Nuisance Species to avoid unwanted kinds of plants from growing in the nature preserve. While activities must stay under 20 horsepower, this location is inviting for those who enjoy boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, and canoeing. Be sure to check on the weather conditions before setting out for the day, and be aware of any and all fishing restrictions before thinking about dropping your line in.

Swimming At Harvey Gap State Park

Harvey Gap State Park has its own beach. Swimming is permitted during the summer months along the eastern shore, and there are plenty of amenities nearby to help you beat the heat. Shaded picnic areas, tables, grills, trash cans, and restrooms are all available, and visitors can purchase either day or annual passes to the park to enjoy the cool, refreshing waters of Harvey Gap through the entire summer.

Fishing At Harvey Gap State Park

Fishing is a multi-season activity at Harvey Gap State Park, with the best catches available during both the summer and winter months. Harvey Gap is home to catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, northern pike, muskie, perch, and crappie. Be sure to check on the fishing conditions and restrictions before planning a trip to the area.

It is also worth noting that ice fishing is available at the park as well during the winter months, though it is advised that you take all safety precautions possible before venturing onto the ice.

Winter Activities At Harvey Gap State Park

Harvey Gap State Park comes alive in the winter months. While the park has no dedicated trails, snowshoeing can be enjoyed by all visitors, as well as cross-country skiing. Visitors are encouraged to make their own paths through the wilderness during the winter and take in the breathtaking views offered by the park.

Ice fishing is also available during the colder months, though it is worth noting that ice fishers are responsible for their own safety, and it is always a good idea to be prepared for frigid temperatures while out on the ice. Always fish with a buddy and the proper safety gear, and be prepared for changes in temperature that may end up shifting your plans for the day.

Hunting is also allowed in the park in the correct seasons, as long as participants are at least 100 yards from a building and 50 feet from the center of a road. Dogs are only allowed in the park in order to hunt waterfowl, and the designated location is north of the lake itself. Be sure to check out local and state hunting regulations before planning your next trip.

While there are no snowmobile trails officially in the park, those looking to enjoy the outdoors can take to a nearby snowmobile trail to take in the beautiful scenery of Harvey Gap from a distance.

Picnicking At Harvey Gap State Park

Harvey Gap State Park has 30 picnicking sites that include grills, as well as plenty of shaded locations to take in the views and spend time with friends and family. All picnic sites have trash cans and restroom areas, and it is worth noting that fires are only allowed in the designated grills.

Pets At Harvey Gap State Park

Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in Harvey Gap State Park unless they are used for hunting waterfowl, and said hunting dogs are only allowed off-leash in the designated areas during the correct seasons.

Camping At Harvey Gap State Park

Due to the desire to keep Harvey’s Gap in a natural state, there is no camping in the park, but you can always spend the night in a nearby town and easily access the park during daylight hours.

Park Location

Harvey Gap State Park
5775 Highway 325
Rifle CO 81650
Phone: 970.625.1607



Below is a brief YouTube video showcasing different things to do at Harvey Gap State Park: