The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the dam and has an information center, open 8:00 to 4:00 M-F, which offers various exhibits.
Recreation facilities are leased to and managed by Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Federal Discount Passes are not valid at this location.
The following information is provided as a general overview. For more information, please visit the John Martin Reservoir Colorado State Park website by clicking here.
Fishing in John Martin Reservoir and Lake Hasty can be excellent for walleye, saugeye, wiper, large and small mouth bass, crappie, channel catfish and bream. Lake Hasty is also stocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout each spring and fall.
Refresh yourself in the cool waters of John Martin Reservoir and Lake Hasty. The reservoir is open to all types of water sports, including windsurfing,
waterskiing and PWCs (personal watercraft). Lake Hasty is only open to small watercraft that do not use gas motors – electric motors are permitted.
Dine and relax outdoors. Picnic facilities are available at the Overlook and Lake Hasty Recreation Area.
Enjoy an evening under the stars. Electric and non-electric sites are available at Lake Hasty Recreation Area. Click here to make reservations through the Colorado State Parks website.
Explore the Red Shin Hiking Trail. This 4.5 mile trail starts near the Stilling Basin and offers many nature viewing opportunities in a variety of habitats.
Bring your binoculars and camera. The Santa Fe Slough on the east and west sides of the Dam Road provides excellent opportunities to view waterfowl in their natural habitat. The west side of the dam also features a viewing blind.
Protecting Natural Habitat
The sand and gravel shores of John Martin Reservoir are among the few remaining nesting areas in the State of Colorado for the threatened Piping Plover and the endangered Interior Least Tern. Nesting areas may be fenced to protect them. Disturbing these shore birds or their nesting areas is a violation of State and Federal law. Under no circumstances enter the areas that are fenced off. Plover nests are very difficult to see, and it is quite possible
that you could step on and crush plover eggs by mistake. For more information, stop by the Information Center or contact the Colorado Division of Wildlife (719.336.4852).
Visitor Information: View exhibits on the reservoir, history and natural resources of the area.
Santa Fe Trail: a 1/2 mile section of this historic trail is preserved, located north of the reservoir. A historical marker was placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution to commemorate this section of the trail.
Historic National Cemetery at New Fort Lyon is on the northwest end of the reservoir. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Present day Fort Lyon is a correctional facility. It was originally established in 1867 to protect travelers on the Santa Fe Trail.
Boggsville Historic Site, located 2 miles south of Las Animas, features historic buildings and special events. Contact the Bent County Chamber of Commerce at 719.456.0453 for more information.
Bent’s Old Fort, a National Historic Site, reconstructed by the National Park Service to appear as it looked in 1845-46. Enjoy the historic atmosphere daily. Contact the Fort for special events at 719.383.5010.
Colorado Welcome Center, located on Highway 50-287 in Lamar offers a wealth of area information. Phone number: 719.336.3483.