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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.


  • Required ANS inspections will be provided 7:00am till 8:00pm seven days each week.  
  • Boats must launch at the West ramp. 

If aquatic nuisance inspectors are not on duty, the ramp will remain​ locked and boaters cannot launch until inspection team arrive. Please be mindful of the time of closer, if you do not exit by the time the​ gates are locked your boat will remain on the lake for the night.  

Non-trailered, electric-motor or hand-powered boats are allowed at Mack Mesa. 

Over 1,800 11 - 12" trout each were  stocked into Mack Mesa and Highline Lakes in the last month! Those trout must be hungry by now! 

Bring someone new to fishing out to Highline or Mack Lake, and teach them the art of spending time outside, patiently waiting for a slight dip at the end of a pole. 

Even if no fish are caught, the day is never wasted when you are outside, with those you care about, relaxing in the clean, fresh air! 

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. 


Start planning a 2018 camping trip to Highline Lake!

​​Reservations​ for the  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!​


The Swim Beach will be open May 7th! Swimming is ONLY allowed in the buoyed-off swimming area. Dogs and glass are not permitted on Swim Beach.

The Visitor Center

​The Visitor Center ​is open weekdays from 8:00am till 4:00pm and weekends from 8:00am till 6:00pm.​​

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!      

How does mountain biking on the 18 Hour Trail sound?

It shouldn't be long before the trails are dry enough to start getting into shape for Spring biking!