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Highline Lake
Highline Lake
Lots of Boats on 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.

NEW ANS Inspection Times

Currently, ANS inspections ​and decontaminations are available:  

West side:

  • Mon-Fri from 7 am to 8 pm
  • Sat-Sun from 7 am to 9 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

The rain is going away!  Or so we hear. . . 

The fishing at Mack Mesa has been very spotty and unreliable.  Some folks are taking home their limit, including a couple of big ones, while others leave empty handed. That's the way fishing goes!  

The catfish and bass should start hitting at Highline Lake soon.  Near the dam is usually good for bass, either in a boat or from land. The east inlet cove is always good for catfish!    

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! 

Visitor Center​
Currently, Visitor Center hours are 8 AM to 8 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!  

The swim beach is open, and the water is slowly warming.  Bring lots of towels and be ready when the sun finally peeks out!  Maybe a "sun dance" will do the trick!    

Beginning Wednesday, June 3, the 2015 Kids' Outdoor Adventure Programs will begin!  Each Wednesday morning through July 29, from 10 am to noon, kids aged 5 to 12 are invited to meet at the Visitor Center for a morning of unique, outdoor adventure!  Watch the Events corner on the Highline Lake home page, or check our Calendar for more information!  You may also contact the Visitor Center at 970-858-7208. 

At Highline Lake, we have lots of information, maps, brochures and smiles, all FREE, and all for YOU!

Our 2015 Outdoor Adventures at Highline Lake Weekend programs kick off Saturday, May 30, with a hike through the park!  Games and information about animal behavior​ will also be included.  We will have fun outdoor activities each weekend for the whole family, so check our Calendar page, and watch the Events section on this home page! ​