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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.

Daily Individual Parks Pass Fees​

Beginning January 1, 2019, $4.00 Daily Individual Parks Pass Fees are in effect at Highline Lake. 

See the Highline Lake Fees page for more information about new fees for 2019. 

Why are park entrance fees necessary?

If you have questons about: 

  • Who pays to operate and maintain state parks,
  • New Individual Passes,  
  • Why park visitors should purchase an Annual Pass,
  • And more . . .

Please read the Funding Colorado State Parks flier.

Birding

Bring your camera or phone to Highline Lake; you never know what you might see.

  • Hundreds of sand hill cranes have been hanging out in the riparian area below the dam.
  • ​If you enjoy geese​:
    • ​​Snow geese have returned to Highline Lake this week; approximately 30 were seen.  
    • Hundreds of other geese gather at Highline Lake, then take off to one of the nearby fields to eat.  They soon return to the park, and the process begins again!
    • Bald and golden eagles are also fishing the lakes, and stake their claim to the best trees overlooking the lakes. Keep your "eagle-eye" on the lake.

Highline Lake is open to boating.

The last of the ice on Highline Lake finally gave way to the rain and wind. 

For the month of March, boats will launch from the west ramp only, after the boat has been inspected for Aquatic Nuisance Species. 

The west ramp is open from 8 am to 4 pm only during the month of March.  To request an inspection, boaters may call the Visitor Center at 970-858-7208.

Boaters may enter the park through the east (Visitor Center) entrance to purchase a 2019 boat registration, fire extinguisher or PFD, also.   

Mack Mesa is completely free of ice.

The 2,600 rainbow trout stocked earlier this month are hungry and biting. Try fishing from the pier.  Highline Lake has also seen quite a few avid folks fishing from the bank this week.  

Weather

The weather at Highline Lake this week has been very interesting, with snow, rain, sleet, wind and even some sunshine. It is definitely spring at Highline Lake.

Contact the park at 970-858-7208 for the most current information.​

Trails 

The trails at Highline Lake are currently muddy. With recent snow and rain, be aware that most sections of the trails may be very muddy.

Camping

Plan your 2019 camping trip to Highline Lake.

Visit the CPW Camping Reservations page​ to get started or call 1-800-244-5613 to speak with a live person.​