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Highline Lake
Lots of Boats on 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.

2015 Military August Pass

​Available to ALL Military: Active, Retired, or Veterans.

Receive a FREE pass for the month of August when you present one of the following documents:

  • Active or retired military ID
  • DD Form 2 (blue card)
  • DD Form 2765 (tan card)
  • DD Form 214
  • VA medical card
  • Colorado Driver's license or state ID with "Veteran" printed on it

​​Valid for the month of August.

Valid for any State Park in Colorado.

​Transferable between vehicles (Service member must be present in vehicle for pass to be valid).

CPW thanks you for your service!!

ANS Inspection Times

Currently, ANS inspections ​and decontaminations are available:  

West side:

  • Mon-Fri:  7 am to 8 pm
  • Sat-Sun:  6 am to 9 pm 

​Decon​​ Hours, West side:

  • ​Sat-Sun:  6 am to 8 pm

East side​:

  • Fri-Mon from 8 am to 4 pm.  

​For assistance or information, contact the Visitor Center at 970-858-7208. 

Boats must be inspected for ANS before entering the water, unless the boater has a receipt and a seal

The weather is very pleasant​​.

While we can not predict how or when the rains will come, hopefully the fishing will always be in your favor.​

Fishing has slowed a bit; but you wouldn't know that by the big bass that was caught at Highline this weekend...8 lbs., 22 inches, what a Hog!!  

​Near the dam the bass and the catfish are biting, either in a boat or from land; and the east inlet cove is always good for catfish!    

Stop at the Visitor Center and see our huge stock of Power Bait in a huge variety of colors, stripes and solids, some with sparkles, and some flavored and garlic-smelly!  Our nightcr​awlers are fat and wiggly, and the price is better than last summer. 

Pick up your fishing license at the Visitor Center before you go to the lakes, also.  And, don't forget, we want to post your Big Fish Photos on our Board - stop at the Visitor Center on your way out of the park, and show off your Big Fish! 


Visitor Center​

Currently, Visitor Center hours are 8 AM to 8 PM seven days per week. Be sure to STOP at the window when arriving at the Visitor Center​​!

We are excited to present Fishing 101 at Mack Mesa Lake! Every Thursday from 10:00 am to noon, Interpreter Corey will be teaching the basics of fishing to any and all ages. We will be providing poles, bait, and all of the necessary equipment. Click on Park Activities on the left side of ​this page and scroll down to Education Programs for more information.

Keep in mind, we have kid's fishing poles as well as tackle​ and backpacks with great supplies for your family adventure here in the Visitor Center. Come borrow them for free!

Our Visitor Center Store is growing!

Stop in and browse our shelves for that one thing that you forgot to bring . . . we may have it. Our Corner Store will be growing and changing with new items weekly, so stop in each time you are in the Park to see what's new!

The swim beach is open, and the water is slowly warming. Bring lots of towels and be ready when the sun finally peeks out! Maybe a "sun dance" will do the trick!

The 2015 Kids' Outdoor Adventure Programs have begun! 

Each Wednesday morning through July 29, from 10 am to noon, kids aged 5 to 12 are invited to meet at the Visitor Center for a morning of unique outdoor adventures! For more information, watch the Events corner on the Highline Lake home page, check our Calendar, or go to the Park Activities page and scroll down to Education Programs for the full schedule. You may also contact the Visitor Center at 970-858-7208.

Our 2015 Outdoor Adventures at Highline Lake Weekend programs have started! 

We will have fun outdoor activities each weekend for the whole family, so check our Calendar page, watch the Events section on this home page, or go to the Park Activities page and scroll down to Education Programs for the current schedule of events!


At Highline Lake, we have lots of information, maps, brochures and smiles, all FREE, and all for YOU!​