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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.

Winter has arrived at Highline Lake! 

We have snow in the park, on the trails and on the ice on both Highline Lake and Mack Mesa Lake.  

Mack Mesa Lake has been frozen over for a couple of months, and trout fishing can turn into a day of fun for the whole family. 

There have been ice fishermen  on Highline Lake, also, near the dam.  Always use caution on the ice and be sure you test the depth before stepping out.

Contact the park at 970-858-7208 for the latest information. 

Campground Reservations may be made up to six months in advance of the arrival date!  Call early to reserve a site!  Highline Lake's campground is very busy March through October. 

Group Camping and Picnicking reservations are really busy with folks making reservations for this year!  Contact us as far ahead of your special date as possible!   

Contact the Park at 970-858-7208 for Group Area reservations, or for more  information!

Visitor Center​ Winter hours are normally 8 AM to 4 PM every day of the week!

PLEASE STOP at the Visitor window during those hours!


Something to look forward to:  Highline Lake will open to boating March 1, 2016!  If the lake is still iced over on March 1, we will open to boating when the ice is gone from the lake! 

It is time to visit Highline Lake State Park for the winter scenery!  The seasonal visitors are arriving and there may be bald eagles fishing in the lake or roosting in the snags near Mack Mesa and the Visitor Center. 
White swans come to visit, randomly, and then disappear for a day or more.  Ducks keep part of Highline Lake from freezing over out from the West ramp.
The herd of mule deer who make the park their year-round home may be seen near the west entrance or crossing the fields and 11.8 Road morning and evening on their way to or from dining in the fields near the park.  The herd has some bucks with huge racks; there is a two-point with very long tines that go straight up, and another with four points who looks like his head is very heavy!


At Highline Lake, we have passes, licenses, gift certificates, books and games for sale at great prices.  We also have lots of information, maps, brochures and smiles, all FREE, and all for YOU!​​