Lakes and Rivers


Lakes and Rivers

Looking for memorable summer experiences? Look no further than at water activities! Take a stroll near the river and enjoy the music of the running river. Take a boat out to a lake and delight in the splashing, refreshing water while riding on a tube. Relax and find peace with nature while kayaking on one of Grand County’s lakes. Go fly fishing on one of the public rivers and enjoy the scenery.


Grand Lake – Grand Lake is the largest and deepest natural body of water in Colorado that is surrounded by the Rocky Mountain National Park on three sides. Rent a leisure boat, pontoon boat, fishing boat, kayak or a paddle boat to enjoy some great time on the cool waters. If you don’t feel comfortable with the depths of the water, enjoy the lake’s beach where you can swim and fish, as well as kayak and paddleboard. Or even just sit back and relax at a picnic table.

Meadow Creek Reservoir – Located in the Arapaho National Recreation Area (ANRA), at an elevation of nearly 10,000 ft. sits Meadow Creek Reservoir. The Indian Peaks set as a scenic backdrop to this beautiful 50 acre lake which contains brook, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. The shoreline, with the exception of the south shore which sits on private land, is accessible to make fishing easy.  Non-motorized watercraft is permitted. There is a daily fee pass required since this is in the ANRA. Look for a fee station on your way to the reservoir!

Monarch Lake – Located east of Lake Granby sets this popular lake with beautiful mountain views. It is part of the the northwestern boundary of the Indian Peaks Wilderness area and therefore a daily fee pass is required. Fishermen have easy access to the shoreline and have the opportunity to catch brook, rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout.

Willow Creek Reservoir – Willow Creek Reservoir is a 300-acre, no wake lake and is less well known and less crowded.  As part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project the water is this reservoir is transferred across the Continental Divide by pipes, canals, flumes and pump. This lake is relatively shallow at 53 feet in depth and often you will observe Osprey fishing the shallow waters.  Anglers have the opportunity to catch cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, suckers and kokanee (all but the suckers are regularly stocked). A daily fee pass is required since this is lake is located in the ANRA.

Shadow Mountain Lake – Shadow Mountain Lake has deep blue waters and covers 1,346 surface acres. Go power boating, sailing, jet skiing, kayaking or canoeing and enjoy all that this body of water has to offer. Fly fishing is easy to enjoy in the forests. Grab a picnic or camping gear and enjoy your time at Shadow Mountain Lake.

Lake Granby – Lake Granby is the second largest body of water in Colorado covering 7,256 surface acres. Lake Granby offers boating just like other lakes, but with 40 miles of shoreline, you are sure to find more things to do! Find different hiking trails and campgrounds throughout. The lake is continually stocked with kokanee salmon and trout for fishermen to keep busy all season long!


Colorado River – the mighty Colorado River flows along Highway 40 and gives breathtaking views to all drivers. You can enjoy the river by taking the Colorado River Scenic and Historic Byway.

Fraser River – the Fraser River is a great place for fisherman to catch Cutthroat, Brown and Rainbow Trout as large as 20 inches! Some of the best fishing is in the canyon downstream from Tabernash.

Williams Fork River – Williams Fork River is a great river for fly fishing with 33 miles of river. It gives you the opportunity to catch brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout. There’s even a chance to hook a kokanee salmon, mackinaw and a northern pike near the Williams Fork Reservoir.

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