There are many beautiful lakes in Colorado. We'll bring you to many of them, electronically, to give you ideas for a real-world visit to the lake of your choice.
Coloradans love these beautiful lakes in their state. But anyone is welcome to come enjoy these lakes in Colorado. What beautiful lakes in Colorado are there to visit?
These lovely lakes are scattered throughout, and may attract you for a variety of reasons. Let's sort them by a few categories. Or you can just scroll on down to remotely visit them all!
Grand Lake - From I-70, 40N to Granby, then 34N to Colorado's largest natural lake.
The town of Grand Lake is known for its roughhewn styling, but behind that its history finds it was built from big bucks!1
It's known for several things: Rocky Mountain National Park & Arapaho National Recreation Area access, world's highest yacht club & Snowmobile Capital of Colorado. They claim to be a year-round vacation paradise.
Some say it's scenery is tops! What to do?2
Overland Trail Recreation Area - Sterling, off I-76 Exit 125 to Business 76/6 West. Onto 370 North, see the Rec Area lake on left. 121 N. Riverview Rd.
Crawford State Park - Nearby the pleasant small town of Crawford in Western Colorado, SE of Grand Junction.
Onshore of Crawford Reservoir, the park's enjoyably exquisite scenery is just for starters. Along with trails, all kinds of water activities, winter action & camping.
Take Hwy.92 South out of Crawford for 1 mile+. 970-921-5721
Lake Capote Recreation Area - In Pagosa Springs, within Southern Ute Tribal lands. A restful, pleasing setting.
They're open for recreational fishing, boating, day-use (non-tribal car rate = $5/day) or camping.
Pearl Lake - Beautiful Routt National Forest mountain scenery at this No-Wake lake. Making it calmer for birding.
The lakeside state park has two accommodation choices:
Must reserve: 800-244-5613.
Cheraw Lake - The draw here is the Colorado Birding Trail. But they really do attract a variety of birds,5 even though no fish here in 435 acres7 of alkaline (opposite of acid) waters.
Of course especially the water birds, like ducks & geese, are always around.
But shorebirds, more typically found in coastal/brackish wetlands, can be spotted during spring & fall migrations. For instance Avocets & Black-Necked Stilts have been observed.
Snowy Plovers & Clark's Grebe5 find conditions ideal for breeding here. In fact, at least 213 species have been identified.6 We have hints for stopping...
Lake property is private, so no facilities available.5 Observe any posted signs.
For birding observation you must remain on the road, or from gravel parking areas.5 These options also:
Directions: In the small town of Cheraw. From Pueblo I-25 Exit 98A left onto Santa Fe Ave./Hwy.50E. Stay on Hwy.50 as it curves left & continue on until Rocky Ford. Make a left onto Rt.266, you'll cross the Arkansas River & by Ryan's Pond. But continue, passing Holbrook Reservoir on right, until getting to the intersection of Rt.109. Make a left, the lake's ahead on the right.
Highline Lake8 - Off I-70, North of Loma in Western Colorado, accessed from the state park. Take Hwy.139N 6 mi., make left at Q Rd. Make right on 11.8 Road to Eastern park entrance.
A canal diverts Colorado River water to this 160 surface-acre lake. Experience this Grand Valley's wonderful oasis, which tons of birds so appreciate.
Near the east boat ramp is a fabulous area, with a Wildlife Kiosk, for sighting over 200 bird species here, including eagles, owls & even the Vermilion Flycatcher is a possibility.
Don't miss the Watchable Wildlife Overlook on the west side. Visitor center has bird lists for you.
Park has campsites with grill, fire ring & picnic table. Water available, but no hook-ups. Site reservations required. 800-244-5613
Highline Lake has a swimming beach area in the state park.
You can also boat or fish here, or hop over to adjacent Mack Mesa Lake. Both stocked with rainbow trout. But also try for largemouth bass, crappie & catfish.
Sylvan Lake - The same named state park's website says "Sylvan means a peaceful, wooded place and that's what visitors will find at this beautiful park surrounded by the White River National Forest."9
Doesn't that sound like one beautiful lake in Colorado?!
You'll love the chance to see Bald Eagles at this pristine lakeside. Watch for broad-tailed hummingbirds mountain bluebirds & ospreys.
42 surface-acres mean only non-motorized (rentals available) or slow-speed electric motor boating only.
Several stay options here, with required reservations [800-244-5613]:
1) Basic campsites/no hook-ups;
2) Yurts: heated, solar lighting, 2 futons & bunk-bed, table/chairs.
3) Cabins: Sleep 6. Have solar lighting & heat, table/chairs, storage shelves.
Gore Lake - It's in the Eagles Nest Wilderness, north of Vail.
You must take the trail to get there. May be well worth it, if you're up for it!!
A bit more than 12 miles round trip. Considered difficult, but still it's popular.
You may catch a glimpse of wildlife, like mountain goats. Here's The Way>
Sprague Lake9,10 - This 13 acre lake has a gorgeous setting surrounded by the mountain scenery. Approx. 8700' elevation.
Yet you can take a nice lakeside trail that's pretty level. So it's great for families with smaller children. Just less than a mile, looping around the lake.
Chambers Lake - 9200' feet above sea-level, this 255 surface-acre lake's environment is lodgepole pine forest.
Long winter season, so the area isn't accessible until late June, closing again by mid-Sept. But when open, what a beautiful Colorado lake!
With serene recreational opportunities.
Fishing: The cold water is ideal for rainbow & lake trout, also kokanee salmon.
Camping: No hook-ups at Chambers Lake Campground. 44 sites with fire rings. Water is available.
There For The day? There's a Roosevelt National Forest picnic area as you turn into the campground road. $7 Day Use Fee.
Directions: Out of Fort Collins head north on Hwy.287. Turn left at Rt.14. In about 51 miles, turn right to campground (about 1 mile after Laramie River Road turnoff).
Lost Man Reservoir12,13,14 - A Sawatch Mountains' reservoir, in White River National Forest's gorgeous piney-woods surroundings. Its elevation nears 11,000'.
It's known for fishing, especially trout.
For the reservoir, cross Hwy.82, take the trail, cross the bridge, in 1/2 mile take right fork, Lost Man Reservoir just ahead.
What else can you do there?
Camping - Why not stay awhile? Stunning campsite as soon as you arrive in the area.
Loop (sort-of) Hike - Lost Man Trailhead is across the road from the campground, out from parking lot.
Visit Independence Ghost Town - Self-tour with signage. Donations suggested.
Directions to the Area - From Aspen, drive east on Hwy.82 for 14 miles, arriving at Lost Man Campground at right. Trailhead parking on left.
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