Grand Lake Area Information
The western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Our Parks & Forests -
Rocky Mountain National Park - Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass
and protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road – which crests over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds – along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights,
and fun times. In a world of superlatives, Rocky is on top!
Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests- The forests and grassland encompasses 1.5 million acres and extends
north to the Wyoming border, south of Interstate 70 to Mount Evans, west across the Continental Divide to the Williams Fork area. The Arapahoe National Recreation area also includes
Shadow Mountain Lake and
Lake Granby with hiking trails and boat launches.
Our Lakes -
Grand Lake is Colorado's largest (507 acres) and deepest (265 ft) natural lake and It is
located in the headwaters of the Colorado River . The lake fills a glaciated
valley that is dammed in part by glacial till from the Pinedale Glaciation, and is younger than about 12,000
years. Natural tributaries to the lake are the North Inlet and East Inlet, both of which flow out of Rocky Mountain National Park, which surrounds the lake on three sides: Grand Lake is located 1 mile from the Park's western entrance. Grand Lake was named
Spirit Lake by the Ute Tribe because they believed the lake's cold waters to be the dwelling place of departed souls.
The Grand Lake Yacht Club is the highest elevation licensed yacht club. Enjoy watching the beautiful E and M scows race
on Grand Lake during weekends in July and during the first week in August for many cups including the Lipton Cup.
Shadow Mountain Lake is a reservoir and is part of Arapaho National Recreation Area near the headwaters
of the Colorado River. Shadow Mountain Lake is created by Shadow Mountain Dam. The lake forms a continuous body of water with Grand Lake, the largest natural lake in Colorado; they are separated by gates.
Lake Granby is the third largest body of water in Colorado. It was created by the erection
of Granby Dam, completed in 1950, as part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. Water from
Lake Granby is pumped via the Farr Pump plant though a pipeline that empties into a canal
connected to Shadow Mountain Reservoir. On its own, Lake Granby contains approximately 40
miles of shoreline. The lake is popular with anglers and is continually stocked with Trout
and Kokanee Salmon.