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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.

ANS Inspection Times

Currently, ANS inspections and decontaminations are available.

West side:

  • Mon-Fri from 7 am to 6 pm
  • Sat-Sun from 7 am to 7 pm 
​East side​:
  • Sat-Sun from 8 am to 4 pm.  

​For assistance or information, contact the Visitor Center at 970-858-7208. 

Boats must be inspected for ANS before entering the water, unless the boater has a receipt and a seal


Don't let a little rain stop you from coming out to Highline and Mack Mesa Lakes!  The fish think the raindrops are flies landing on the water, so they'll bite whatever is on your hook! That may be an Old Wives Tale, but why not give it a try?  Bring your rain hat or umbrella, and come fishing at Highline Lake.  Hang out the Gone Fishin' sign and enjoy a day off! 

Stop at the Visitor Center and see our huge stock of Power Bait in a huge variety of colors, stripes and solids, some with sparkles, and some flavored and garlic-smelly!  Our nightcrawlers are fat and wiggly, and the price is better than last summer. 

Pick up your fishing license at the Visitor Center before you go to the lakes, also.  And, don't forget, we want to post your Big Fish Photos on our Board - stop at the Visitor Center on your way out of the park, and show off your Big Fish! 

Welcome to Western Colorado Astronomy Club, who will visit Highline Lake on Saturday, May 23!

Club members will bring telescopes and a wealth of astronomical knowledge to Highline Lake, and they are willing to share with all park visitors.  The "Star Party" begins at dusk, around 8:30 p.m.  Bring a comfy chair and/or a blanket and some bug spray, then be ready to be awed and amazed by the night sky at Highline.  It will be a night you will remember!

Make the entire day great by coming out to the park early and enjoying a picnic or barbecue before the party. 

The swim beach is open, but the water is still a little cool!  Bring lots of towels and hope for sunshine;  or try wading instead!  

Visitor Center​
Currently, Visitor Center hours are 8 AM to 4 PM seven days per week. Be sure to STOP at the window when arriving at the Visitor Center​​!

Our Visitor Center Store is growing!  Stop in and browse our shelves for that one thing that you forgot to bring . . . we may have it.  Our Corner Store will be growing and changing with new items weekly, so stop in each time you are in the Park to see what's new! 

We still have 10 and 20 pound bags of ice and bundles of firewood,  available at the Visitor Center or from a Camp Host!  Licenses, annual passes, registrations and gift certificates are also available at the Visitor Center.  And as always, we have lots of information, maps, brochures and smiles provided at no cost!