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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.

Plan to spend January 1, 2019 hiking at Highline Lake!

Ring in the new year outside, on a First Day Hike!  Bring a camera or your phone; you will want to preserve the memories of family and friends, along with the amazing views and sights.

While outside at Highline Lake look for wildlife: The Eagles and Owls are back.

The eagles can be seen fishing Highline Lake and Mack Mesa Lakes from the day use area, or the big tree east of the Visitor Center.

The owls can be seen in the campground, and there are mule deer everywhere in the park.  

Early evening and morning, the deer can be seen near the west park entrance, and crossing 11.8  Road,  before and after grazing in the nearby fields. 

Get Outside at Highline Lake. 

Dress in layers and take a brisk hike or go on a leisurely stroll around Highline Lake. It's a great way to exercise in the fresh air! The sky is closer and the views from all of the Highline Lake trails are always amazing.

Mack Mesa Lake and Highline Like are currently mostly open water again.

Please do not go onto the small amount of ice that remains on Mack Mesa Lake or Highline Lake. Limited fishing is available from the pier at Mack Mesa Lake.​

Waterfowl hunting is still available from all hunting blinds except blind 5.

Call 970-255-6161 to reserve a blind.  Hunting is allowed Monday through Friday only.

Start planning 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.

New fees

will be in effect January 1, 2019.  Please go to the Fees page for information.