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Highline Lake breaks ground on new beach house

Randy Hampton
Northwest Region Public Information Officer
970-255-6162 /


Representatives from Highline Lake State Park and Dare-Case Contracting Dig In
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - If you’re a frequent visitor to Highline Lake State Park then you can expect at least three things:
  1. Great family fun
  2. Amazing sunsets
  3. And a line at the swim beach restroom
On Monday (May 18) officials from Highline Lake State Park began the effort to fix the shortage of visitor facilities in the swim beach area. At a scaled-down (COVID-sized) groundbreaking, Park Manager Alan Martinez said construction of a new “beach house” - complete with twice as many bathroom stalls and a larger family restroom - is another step to making Highline the perfect getaway for locals or visitors. 

“This project isn’t just about a restroom, it’s about preserving the natural resources at the park and protecting public health,” Martinez explained. “When the restroom was crowded and a line formed, some people would find other inappropriate places to do their business. Having adequate facilities will keep the park cleaner and protect our staff from hazardous and disgusting clean up work.”

Highline Senior Ranger Ashlee Wallace says the project is the culmination of a lot of work at Highline. “We’re building and shaping a park that the Grand Valley can be proud of and pleased to visit for the next 50 years.”

In addition, following completion of the new beach house, the old restroom building will be taken down to make room for a handicap accessible picnic area. That new amenity will further enhance public use of the park. 

“Many people have been visiting state parks during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CPW Northwest Regional Manager JT Romatzke. “So it seems appropriate that projects funded by Great Outdoors Colorado and the Colorado Lottery through state parks will be part of getting the economy back in motion by getting construction work moving again.”

The restroom project is being completed by Dare-Case Contracting, a local company, at a bid cost of $738,000. The project is expected to be completed by Sept. 1.

Highline Lake State Park is known as an “oasis in the desert” with two lakes, lush grass, trails, and plenty of shade trees. Mountain bikers love the location for the many nearby trails and amazing sunsets. Local boaters love the convenience of being close to home for day trips to cool off on the lake. The Audubon Society designated the park as an important area for birds and local birders can find many species throughout the year, even in winter when thousands of birds migrate through the park. 

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