Grand Lake Colorado Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Grand Lake

Go out on Grand Lake, where you can enjoy a day on the water, an evening on the boardwalk, and a night under the stars. Don’t forget your fishing rod!

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  • Grand Lake is the deepest natural lake in Colorado. 
  • Waterskiing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing abound! Choose your approach. 
  • Rocky Mountain National Park is right there! Camp or hike its trails. 
  • Explore the town of Grand Lake, a true piece of Wild West history.

What can I see and do at Grand Lake? 

  • Boating: Enjoy the deepest natural lake in Colorado! Paddleboat, kayak, canoe, pontoon, motorboat, or row your fishing boat. Relax as you sail. Take an exhilarating run on water skis. You’ll find multiple boat launches and marinas that offer rentals. 
  • Camping: Pitch your tent in Rocky Mountain National Park, just minutes away. Or travel south to Lake Granby, where you can camp on the Arapaho Bay, Stillwater, or Cutthroat Bay Campgrounds. Campground costs vary. 
  • Fishing/Ice fishing: Spectacular fishing is available year round! You can catch Rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, Mackinaw, and Kokanee. Don’t forget to pick up a fishing permit! 
  • Grand Lake, Colorado: Explore this lake’s charming town! Walk down main street’s historic boardwalk. Visit countless shops, restaurants, and trading stores. If you decide to stay overnight, choose one of the many lodges, cabins, or Bed & Breakfasts near the water’s side. 
  • Rocky Mountain National Park: Grand Lake is the western portal to Rocky Mountain National Park. Nearby trailheads include East Inlet, North Inlet, and Tonahutu. 
  • Trail Ridge Road: From Estes Park, enjoy this unforgettable drive!

Where is Grand Lake?

Grand Lake is just on the other end of Trail Ridge Road, in the southwest corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. Take US 36 through the Beaver Meadows Entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. Continue left on Trail Ridge Road (US 34). Take Trail Ridge Road all the way to Grand Lake.

How much does Grand Lake cost?

Grand Lake is free! Camping and fishing permits required. Boats must be licensed with up-to-date tags.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

For more questions, call the Rocky Mountain National Park’s Kawuneeche Visitor Center: (970) 627-3471 or Grand Lake Chambers: (970) 627-3402

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