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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.

Aquatic Nuisance Species Detected in Highline Lake

On September 14, 2022, CPW found a single adult zebra mussel on a piece of substrate (PVC pipe) in the lake during routine invasive species sampling. Two CPW experts have independently confirmed the identification of the mussel through visual identification methods and genetic confirmation was also made on the sample.

Boats launching at Highline Lake are still subject to inspection and decontamination protocols prior to launching. Upon exiting the lake, boaters who intend to return to Highline Lake will be issued a green seal and blue receipt that indicates it was last used on a body of water with a known aquatic nuisance species. If a boater leaving Highline Lake intends to launch in a different water body, their boat must be decontaminated before launching by a certified professional. Due to these additional constraints, boaters can expect decreased ramp hours and longer exit wait times for the remainder of the month. Highline Lake closes to all surface-water activities annually on October 1. 

See the official pr​ess release.​​

Current Seasonal Job Openings

Join us at Highline Lake State Park and find meaningful work in public service to Colorado and its citizens, and create a colorful Colorado we are all proud to live in.

See all current seasonal and internship job opportunities on the state's career website​. Use the search, sorting and filter options to look for open positions at Highline Lake State Park. ​​

Wakeless Wednesday​

Beginning March 2, 2022, Wednesdays at Highline Lake will be "wakeless." Vessels may only travel at speeds that do not create a wake.

"Wake" is defined as the movement of water created by a boat underway, great enough to disturb a boat at rest, not exceeding 5mph. This regulation is new in 2022 and applies to every Wednesday of boating season except for July 4 in years when it falls on a Wednesday.


Plan your camping trip to Highline Lake now. 

  • The campground is open year-round and can be reserved six months in advance. 

 Make your reservation TODAY for camping at Highline Lake.

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