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​​​Hunting at Highline Lake State Park

​Reservations, made online through or by phone, are required to hunt at Highline.

Visit the CPW hunting reservation page or call 1-800-244-5613 for more information or to reserve a hunting blind.

You are responsible for knowing the state hunting regulations that apply to you. For information on area hunting access, seasons and regulations please review:

Hunters are required to have:  

  • a park pass.
  • a valid Colorado small game/waterfowl hunting license. 
  • a habitat stamp. 
  • a Colorado and federal waterfowl stamp.

Where can I purchase a small game hunting license?

You may purchase your small game hunting license at the Highline Lake visitor center, but please call 970-858-7208 to verify the visitor center is open before your visit. Licenses can also be purchased online, by phone at 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and CPW sales agents.​​​​​​​​​​​​

​Small Game Hunting

Hunting is permitted Monday through Friday ONLY, with shotguns only during legal seasons in designated hunting zones. 

  • The small game hunting season usually begins in September at Highline Lake, and ends in February. 
  • Small game hunting is permitted in: 
    • the area bounded by the north and east state park boundary line;  
    • north of the Highline Lake no-wake buoy line; 
    • and east of Mack Mesa Lake. 
  • Small game hunters must fill out a small game hunting card at the West gate before going out to hunt. Boundary map signs are posted here.  

Waterfowl Hunting

​​​Waterfowl hunting is allowed Monday through Friday only, 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset during legal seasons in designated hunting zones.

  • Waterfowl hunting season usually begins each September and ends in January of the following year. 
  • There are seven blinds available at the north end of Highline Lake for waterfowl hunting. 
  • All waterfowl hunting must be done from one of the blinds. 
  • Prior to hunting, hunters must either make a reservation for a blind (online or by phone) the day prior to hunting, or register by filling out a hunting card at the west gate for an available blind. 
    • Reservations for individual blinds are posted on the board at the west entrance to the park.  
    • Hunters with reservations also need to fill out a hunting card when they arrive to claim their blind. 

Waterfowl Hunting in the Winter

The blinds become iced-in during the winter, so check the Conditions page or call Highline Lake at 970-858-7208 for waterfowl hunting conditions.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting 

One weekend each fall is set aside for youth to experience waterfowl hunting. 

  • This designated weekend is the only weekend during the year that waterfowl hunting is allowed at Highline Lake (waterfowl hunting is normally only allowed M-F).  
  • ALL youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting mentor. 

For more information on the designated youth waterfowl hunting weekend, please contact the park at 970-858-7208.