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Paonia Reservoir is over McClure pass just before Somerset Colorado.  Its a good 25 minutes before you get to the town of Paonia. 

There are only a couple of camping areas, so you’ll need reservations. 

You also need a state parks pass. 

The water is a touch murkey but is the perfect water ski lake since its protected by the Ragged Mountains. 

Paonia Reservoir is a state park, so you’ll need a state parks pass or be ready to pay cash for a day pass. 

If for some reason all of the camping spots are reserved at the Reservoir, you could also stay at Paradise Campground, a new private campground nearby. 

There is no cell service and no town nearby, so be sure to have a plan. 

This reservoir is about an hour from Carbondale.