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Early Spring Fishing 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 ​was stocked again on 4/22/2016

Highline was stocked with 1,400 10" trout. That brings the total stocked in each lake to more than 5,000 10" to 14" trout in just the past two months!  Needless to say, the fishing is great!​

Stop by the Visitor​ Center for nightcrawlers and power bait at great prices. 2016 fishing licenses are now available and can be purchased at the Visitor Center as well.  

Spring has sprung at Hi​ghline Lake State Park!  Snow has given way to green grass, native plants and trees, all beginning to bud.  Very colorful and unmistakable signs of Spring!  Shake off Cabin Fever at Highline with a picnic, barbeque or a day of teaching the whole family to fish! 

A red-throated loon was spotted on Highline Lake just last week!  We are also still seeing or hearing bald eagles, white swans, geese, snow geese, and even sand hill​​ cranes. 

The trails are ready for hiking and biking, although there may be a muddy spot here and there, due to recent rains.  We have a new bridge across Highline Lake's spillway! Come out and try it out!

Get outside and welcome Spring!

​Highline Lake IS OPEN for boating!!  Currently, ANS Inspections are available:

  • 8 AM to 6 PM Mon. -Thurs.
  • 7 AM to 8 PM Fri., Sat. & Sun.  

ONLY THE WEST RAMP IS OPEN!  If there is no ANS Inspector at the WEST ANS Building or the WEST Ramp, please call 970-858-7208, or go to the Visitor Center to request an inspection.   

Highline Lake State Park is once again part of the fight to curb the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS). ALL watercraft with a motor, trailered or not, will be inspected for ANS before entering Highline or Mack Mesa Lake.  

Boating Safety Classes will be held at the Highline Lake Visitor Center beginning April 16.  Information and dates are available on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website Boating Safety Pages.

Make your campground reservations NOW, up to six months ahead of your planned arrival!  The sites go very fast from March through October, so call early.  Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-678-2267 or going online to cpw.state.co.us ​​​​​​​​​ and choosing Highline Lake or Reservations.