One of the finest bodies of water for skiing or boating is only minutes from Delta at Gunnison Bend Reservoir. The public park features a boat dock, shady picnic tables, a covered pavilion and restrooms.
A peninsula of land jutting into the lake prevents large waves from forming, and the shallowness of the lake keeps the water warm, making it ideal for all water sports. Fishing is also a popular activity, with bass and the occasional catfish being caught. Several types of migrating waterfowl use the reservoir as a resting spot, including duck, egrets, cranes and geese.
In early February, lesser snow geese flock to the reservoir as they migrate from the Imperial Valley of southern California and northern Mexico. They arrive at Gunnison Bend Reservoir about mid-February, and most of the birds have left by mid-March. Their next stop is in Idaho or Montana, arriving at their Arctic Circle nesting grounds in late May. A not-to-be missed event at Gunnison Bend Reservoir is the annual Snow Goose Festival, which takes place the last weekend of February.
Entrance to the park is free of charge. The park is open from dawn to dusk from approximately May1 to September 30. Opening and closing dates for the season depend on the weather and water levels. Restrooms are open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. To verify if the reservoir is open at the beginning or end or the season, please call 435-864-3505. No overnight camping is allowed. To get to the park, go west on Delta’s Main Street, cross the overpass and take the road to Sutherland. Turn left at 3000 West and travel two miles to the reservoir.