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Highline Lake
Highline Lake
Waterfowl hunter at 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 CLOSED​ to Boating for the Season!

All watercrafts are prohibited on Highline L​ake​​ until the spring.

Mack Mesa Lake is only open to electric trolling motors, paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks. Any watercraft on a trailer must be inspected before launching. 

Waterfowl Season Has Started

​​​​Waterfowl Hunting​ is permitted only Monday through Friday, starting on October 1st through October 19th. Hunting starts back up on November 5th through January 29th. The weekend of October 29th through October 30th is the youth waterfowl weekend season. 

Hunting is allowed only from the duck blinds. Maximum four hunters per blind.

Reservations for Duck Blinds

Reservations must be made before noon on the day before your hunt. For holidays falling on a Monday, reservations must be made before noon on the previous Friday. 
Call (970)255-6161
Map, Duck Blind Rules, and Reservation Procedures 

First-Come-First-Served Basis​

If no reservation exists for a blind, hunters may check in on a first-come-first-served basis after 5:00 AM the day of the hunt. Reserved areas not claimed by 7:00 AM will be available on a first-come-first-served basis, but must be yielded if the hunters with the reservation show up. 


Small Game Hunting Began  September 6th​. 

Small game hunting is permitted Monday through Friday. Shotgun hunting only. Small game hunting is permitted in the area bounded by the North and East State Park boundary line; and North of the Highline Lake no-wake buoy line; and East of Mack Mesa Reservoir. There will be boundary map signs posted at the West​ gate. To see a copy of the small game hunting area map click here.

​​​​​Going Fishing?  

Stop by the Visitor​ Center first!  We carry night crawlers​, power bait and 2016 annual or one-day fishing licenses.  

Teach a ​​Kid to Fish Today!​

The Visitor Center has kids' fishing poles and tackle boxes that parents can check out, with a driver's license and basic information! 

For Colorado Residents Only Effective 1/1/2017:

Find New Regulations for What Constitutes Acceptable Proof of Ownership here. 

Winter is on the Way!

Old Man Winter is on his way to Highline Lake.  Cold morning temperatures, chilly winds and a few snowflakes here and there convince us that winter will soon arrive. 

It's a wonderful time to come to Highline Lake!  The herd of deer can be seen in the campground in the morning and evening, the bald eagles perch in their usual tree east of the Visitor Center, and the ducks and geese are finally beginning to head south via Highline Lake!  Come out and enjoy the scenery!