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James M. Robb Colorado River
James M. Robb Colorado River

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Colorado River State Park was renamed James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park in 2005 to honor a visionary. Mr. Robb was instrumental in creating this “string of pearls,” or five distinct sections, that are this park.

From Fruita on the west end, to Island Acres on the east end and three stops in-between, this is one park split into five sections. To visit the park, follow the Colorado River west from Debeque Canyon to Fruita, and enjoy five uniquely different river and lake based outdoor recreation opportunities.

The sections or ​“pe​a​rls”, are listed​ in order from east to west​​ and each offer something different:​

  1. Island Acres​​​
  2. Corn Lake
  3. Colorado River Wildlife Area
  4. Connected Lakes
  5. Fruita

View the James M. Robb-C​olorado River St​ate Park brochure​​ for a map of section locations.

Who was James M. Robb?

James M. Robb was a civic leader, former parks board member and chair, elected representative and champion of state parks.  Robb helped create the Colorado Riverfront Foundation, referring to this Grand Junction-area park as a “string of pearls.” Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the communities involved are working together to build a future 35-mile river corridor trail system to connect this “string of pearls.”


Colorado River State Park offers a variety of fishing opportunities year round. Whether you desire to fish quiet ponds or river waters for warm or cold species, James M. Robb- Colorado River State Park has it all!​

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River Access

All five park sections are located along the Colorado River and provide river access.

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