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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 CLOSED for the season. The lake will reopen to boats on March 1, 2019, weather-permitting. 

Non-trailered, electric-motor or hand-powered boats are allowed at Mack Mesa until ice begins to form.


​Lakeview Swim Beach is CLOSED for the season. It will reopen in May 2019. 

While outside at Highline Lake, look up! 

Recently spotted fliers include multiple adult and juvenile bald eagles (spotted around day use, Mack​ Mesa and near the visitor ​​center), golden eagles, red-tailed hawks(spotted in campground), great horned owls(spotted in campground), and hundreds of geese and ducks! Sand hill cranes have also been spotted just outside of the park. 

Stop by the Visitor Center and grab a bird watching checklist. 

Did you know? We serve as the venue for 18 Hours of Fruita​, an intense endurance mountain bike race. Come out and give it your best shot!


Start planning a 2019 camping trip to Highline Lake!

​​Reservations​ for Bookcliff Campground are going quickly, so make sure to plan ahead and make a reservation for great memories, clean fresh air, outdoor activities, and a beautiful, shaded campsite!​

Get Outside at Highline Lake! 

Dress in layers and take a brisk hike or go on a leisurely stroll around Highline Lake. It's a great way to exercise in the fresh air!  The sky is bigger and the views from Highline Lake trails are always amazing.

With the right outdoor clothing, you can experience awesome late-winter sunrises and sunsets at Highline Lake!  From the trails, or the day use area, everyone should start or end the day watching nature at it's most beautiful!  Bring a camera or phone and share the beauty with others!      ​

Are you looking to fulfill some community service hours? Contact the park to learn about Volunteer opportunities​ and neat projects you could be a part of!