Jackson Lake

Jackson LakeJackson Lake near Mancos Colorado is a reservoir built to capture enough water to keep the ranchers and farmers in the Mancos Valley alive. It mostly works.

The side benefit of having a reservoir close to home is that the usual lake recreation activities still apply. At the inlet to the lake fish can nearly be pulled out of the water faster than you can bait a hook.

If you go upstream just a little the river is paved with a smooth, solid sheet of granite that makes it perfect wading territory and the edges of the lake are littered with smooth flat stones that skip nicely on the water.

It’s small but it’s pretty much the best.

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