Rolling Update On Response to COVID-19


March 26, 2020

To Our Lake City and Sportsman Community:

With the continued outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have been constantly looking for ways to help protect the health and safety of our employees and customers. After a great deal of thoughtful deliberation, we are temporarily closing our Lake City store starting Thursday, March 19 through April 11.

Our local governments, Silver Thread Public Health District, Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment have issued orders through April 8 that limit gatherings, close restaurants and bars, and are discouraging visitors to Lake City/Hinsdale County. Additionally, the State of Colorado issued a stay-at-home order beginning March 26 through April 11.

We believe it’s our duty to do all we can to keep one another safe at this extraordinary time. That also means continuing to pay our staff, even while our store is closed. It also means continuing to serve our customers, albeit in a more remote manner.

We are here to help you in any way that we can. Need a river report? Gear suggestions? Or simply want to talk about how Lake City is weathering the storm, email ( or call us (970-944-2526) any time. We will continue to answer our phone, voicemail, and emails daily. We’re happy to ship items to you and even set up reservations for summer trips. 

Deposits are no longer required for trip reservations, so call us to make reservations. (We're still transitioning our website to the new approach, and it's not quite done yet.) Then as we move into the summer, we’ll call you 14 days in advance of your trip, if you have not canceled, to obtain payment.

We have already developed ways to ensure that we are conducting business in the safest way possible. We will continue to improve our methods for both retail store and trip operations.

In this time of anxiety, we encourage everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors … a healing balm like no other. In fact, fishing is probably one of the best “distancing” sports you can undertake on your own.

In the meantime, we are here to help you in any way we can.

Stay safe and stay hopeful as we all endure the next few weeks!

The Sportsman’s Management