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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 Vehicle and Individual Parks Pass Fees​

Daily Vehicle passes are currently $9 per vehicle and Daily Individual passes are $4 per person to ride a bike or walk in to the park.    

See the Highline Lake Fees page for more information about 2020 fees. 

Fall and Winter Activities at Highline Lake!

Waterfowl hunting begins at Highline Lake October 5, Mondays through Fridays ONLY!  To reserve a blind, contact Reservations at 1-800-244-5613 or go online at and click on "Buy & Apply".

 The Trails are always open and in good shape for hiking, bicycling, running or just meandering around the lakes.  Bring your camera and/or phone to Highline Lake; you never know what you might see. 


Plan your Fall 2020 camping trip to Highline Lake now.  The campground is open year around, and Fall is a very popular time to camp!  Start thinking about camping at Highline Lake in 2021! 

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


Highline Lake Closed to All Boating Activities

Highline Lake is closed to all water activities including boating, jet skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing and swimming.  

Mack Mesa Lake is open to electric or hand powered boats, paddle boards, canoes and kayaks until the lake freezes. 


Highline Lake closes to boating September 30 each year in order to provide a fall and spring resting place for a variety of migrating waterfowl.  Many species of waterfowl will spend the winter at Highline Lake, including ducks, geese and bald and golden eagles.  Bring a camera! 

Fall at Highline

Highline Lake is a slower-paced, quieter destination in the fall and winter.  Enjoy the beauty of a blue sky peeking through the gold and red leaves of the towering trees on the east side of the park, or at Mack Mesa.  Enjoy the peace and quiet!

The glassy surface of Highline Lake is a great mirror for the color of the sky, whatever the color may be.  It's awesome!