Lake Granby Colorado Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Lake Granby

Come have fun on Lake Granby, one the Great Lakes of Colorado. It’s close to five other bodies of water, and open to recreational activities year round.

  • Lake Granby is open year round and is a great place for recreational activities including boating, water skiing, and fishing 
  • Stay overnight at a campground along the shores 
  • It’s close to a handful of other reservoirs and lakes, including Grand Lake 
  • Annual recreational passes are available

What can I see and do at Lake Granby? 

  • Fishing/Ice Fishing: Lake Granby is full of rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon, and Mackinaw. Ice fishing is popular December-February. Contact a guide to take you out on the water or ice. 
  • Boating: The water is 221 feet deep with 40 miles of shoreline. Rent a boat from several locations, or bring your own. All boats must be inspected for zebra and quagga mussels. Trailer parking, launch ramps, and fuel are available. 
  • Waterskiing: Water ski on the second largest reservoir in Colorado. Don’t forget your wet suit because these waters are considered cold! 
  • Picnicking: Pull over at several picnic sites around the lake including Stillwater campsite, Rainbow Bay, and Sunset Point. 
  • Camping: Pitch your tent or R.V. at Arapaho Bay campground on the southeast side of the lake. Other campgrounds include Stillwater and Cutthroat Bay Group Campground. 
  • Wildlife: Among the wildlife you’ll find bald eagle, Osprey, elk, deer.

Where is Lake Granby?

Lake Granby is southwest of Estes Park, just outside the bottom left corner of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Drive west on US 36. Go through the Beaver Meadows entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. Continue on Trail Ridge Road (US 34). You’ll pass Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Lake, and then meet Lake Granby.

When is Lake Granby open?

Open year round!

How much does Lake Granby cost?

As part of the Arapaho National Recreation Area, there’s a $5.00 daily recreation fee. Annual passes are available.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Call the Arapaho National Forest, Sulphur District: (970) 887-4100