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Highline Lake
Highline Lake

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​An oasis in the desert, Highline Lake is the recreation epicenter for the Grand Valley with two lakes, lush grass, trails and trees.

No matter the season, Highline Lake State Park is a diverse and welcome retreat. Connected to miles of trails and close to communities, the park makes an ideal base camp for exploring the Grand Junction area. Whether passing through on mountain bikes, or as an end destination, the park welcomes campers, anglers, families and groups.

Birders have plenty to see here. The Audubon Society designated the park an important bird area; thousands migrate through the area every winter.

Highline Lake is beginning to ice over, but there is some open water around the shoreline, and some puddles in between.  The ice is NOT safe yet!  

Mack Mesa has finally iced over, with ice thicknesses from very thin up to 4"The very thin ice is at the north side of the lake.  The rest of Mack Mesa ice may be up to 4". 

DO NOT GO ONTO ANY ICE unless you know it is safe! 

​Waterfowl Hunting 

The 2017 Waterfowl Hunting Season continues through January 26 at Highline Lake.  
Hunting at Highline is allowed only Monday through Friday.​ No weekend hunting is allowed at Highline Lake.

Currently, hunting blinds 1 through 5 are iced over; blinds 6 and 7 could become iced over any time.  See the Conditions page for the most recent conditions, or contact the park Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm.   

To reserve a waterfowl blind,  call Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 
970-255-6161. Call before noon the day before you want to hunt!  
For more detailed information about waterfowl hunting ​please go to ​our Activities page.

Teach someone to fish! 

As soon as conditions permit, ice fishing can become your family's favorite memory-making activity! 

Get Outside!  Teach someone to fish in the winter!  


​Winter may finally have arrived at Highline Lake!

There have been hundreds of ducks and geese landing on Highline Lake this week!  Watch them from the West side of Highline Lake - it is amazing!  

Bundle up, then Get Outside! 

Dress in layers, pull on the boots and take a brisk hike or go on  a leisurely walk around Highline Lake. It's a great way to exercise in the fresh air!  The skies are bluer and clearer at Highline Lake.

With the right outdoor clothing, you can enjoy the awesome sunrises and sunsets from the trails - that's something everyone should experience!  Bring the camera or phone and share the beauty with family and friends.      

Bald eagles and even a golden eagle have returned to their tree just east of the Visitor Center, and are busy fishing in the lakes. 

Ducks and geese regularly land on Highline Lake just out of reach of the waterfowl hunters, to enjoy a rest from their migrations. 

Our small herd of deer can be seen crossing the park in the morning and evening, on their way to or from grazing the fields nearby.  Watch out for them crossing the road!  They haven't learned that vehicles are dangerous! 

Make your reservations for camping at Highline Lake this  Spring and Summer NOW!   You may make a reservation up to 6 months in advance of your arrival date. 

The campground is usually full each weekend March through October! The only way to be sure you will have a site when you arrive at the Park, ready to camp, is to make a reservation!  Don't be disappointed - make a reservation today!