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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.

Both Highline Lake and Mack Mesa Lake are free of ice! 

Bank fishing is possible at both lakes, and fishermen and women have a great chance to hook a 11" - 12" trout!  Each lake has been stocked with 5,300 11" - 12" trout in the past two weeks. 

The trout were hungry when they were stocked, and they still are, so come to Highline and spend the day fishing!

Fishing is a great family activity that adults and kids both will  enjoy!  Teach a kid to fish and that kid will always remember those special times spent outside.  Then that kid will teach his kids to fish and enjoy being outside, creating  more memories, and so on, with each generation learning how  special it is to be outside.  They will grow up wanting to protect that "special" feeling, and the places that help create it! Get Outside!

There are loaner fishing poles and basic tackle boxes for kids at the Visitor Center.  Bring a driver's license to check them out!

​​Small Game Hunting

Shotgun-ONLY small game hunting will end on February 28, 2017, so head out to Highline Lake State Park.  Small game hunting is permitted Monday through Friday, 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 are boundary map signs posted at the West​ gate. See a copy of the small game hunting area map.

Effective 1/1/2017​, there are regulations for Colorado Residents concerning proof of ownership when registering a boat, snowmobile or OHV. See New Regulations for What Constitutes Acceptable Proof of Ownership.​​

It's time to get outside to Highline Lake! 

Is it Spring, yet?  It seems like it is at Highline Lake! 

Bring a jacket, just in case, and head for Highline to fish, take a hike on your choice of trails from 3.5 miles to 7+ miles around Highline Lake, or bring your mountain bike and ride the 18 Hours of Fruita at Highline Lake Trail! 

Tour the entire park from your  vehicle for some beautiful sights! The scenery around the entire Grand Valley, the many waterfowl and various birds who nest and raise their young at Highline Lake, the herd of mule deer that grows each season, and even the fisherman reeling in a trout, all make the short trip to Highline a wonderful and relaxing way to get in touch with nature! 

Great horned owls look like they are nesting in the campground again this spring, and a barn owl was seen several times lately in the campground, also!  

Up to six bald eagles, including at least one immature bird, were spotted recently, fishing in Highline Lake, then taking their meal to the big cottonwoods in the Day Use Area to eat!  

The many mergansers on  Highline Lake lately have been stirring up the fish until it appears there are whirlpools in the lake!  

We are waiting for the sandhill cranes; they have been seen south of the park on 12 Road, so they should make it to Highline Lake any day, now! 

At Highline Lake, our views are awesome!