A short drive from downtown Rifle, Rifle Gap State Park offers water sports galore amid rugged wilderness. It’s centered around a clear 350-acre reservoir, which provides boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing and windsurfing.
The visitor center is open 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. It has public restrooms, pay phone, gift shop, fishing and ice conditions, boat and snow mobile registrations, internet access, exhibits and first aid.
Boating: Boat ramp open April 1 – October 31. A long, narrow reservoir welcomes boats, jet skis, water skis.
Camping: Yes, 5 campgrounds, 89 sites, open year round.
- Basic: $16/night; electric: $20/night; full hook-up: $24/night
- Cottonwood Campground
- Lakeview Campground
- Cedar Campground
- Sage Campground
- Pinion Campground
Fishing: Small & largemouth bass, rainbow & brown trout, pike, walleye and yellow perch are common year round. Rifle Gap is recognized for its outstanding fishing.
Swimming: Swim beach located on west side of reservoir with lots of picnic areas.
Winter Recreation: Ice fishing permitted depending on conditions. Cross country skiing is welcomed but there are no trails. Several campsites are also open during the winter.
Outside Park: Big game hunting exists adjacent to park in White River National Forest. The closest snowmobile trails are located at the Rifle Creek Trailhead in Rifle Mountain Park, 10 miles from Rifle Gap.
Address: 5775 Colorado 325, Rifle
Season: Year round
Hours: Park open 5am-10pm, if fishing, camping or boating can stay later
Fee: $7/daily, $70/annual (vehicle)
Pets: Yes, on leash
Map: Rifle Gap Directions (jpg)