Lakes & Rivers

As the home of the headwaters of the Colorado River and to Colorado's largest natural lake, no other place can offer more water and more adventure than Grand County, Colorado.

Grand County has the most accessible water in Colorado; think of it as your own personal playground. Swimming, boating, fishing, the list of things to do in Grand County is endless. Not only does Grand County water serve as a source of entertainment and recreation, it is the number one source of water to Denver and the Front Range. Because of this, Grand County has the most abundant and valuable water in the state. Learn more about our lakes and rivers below.

Blue River

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The Blue River is a Gold Medal fishery, and one of the most scenic rivers in Colorado.

Colorado River

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The 1,450-mile Colorado River encompasses parts of seven U.S. and two Mexican states, and it all starts right here in Grand County.

Fraser River

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The Fraser River is the first main tributary river to the Colorado River and offers gold-medal waters for fisherman.

Grand Lake

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With over 4 miles of shorline, Grand Lake is the largest and deepest natural body of water in Colorado.

Green Mountain Reservoir

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Green Mountain Reservoir serves the Colorado Western Slope community by providing water from the Colorado River, but it also provides the perfect location to be in the great outdoors.

Lake Granby

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Lake Granby is the third largest body of water in Colorado and was created in 1950 by the the Granby Dam and the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. 

Shadow Mountain Lake

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Shadow Mountain Lake is a high-elevation reservoir near the headwaters of the Colorado River.

Water Access / Flow

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60 percent of the water in Grand County is diverted elsewhere, and there are plans underway, mostly from Front Range communities, to divert as much as 80 percent of the county's headwaters in the near future.

Williams Fork River

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The Williams Fork River, originating from the western slope of the Continental Divide, is a tributary to the Colorado River.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir

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Located near Kremmling on Muddy Creek, Wolford Mountain Reservoir was constructed in 1995 that represents a model of cooperation and improvement that sets the stage for future water projects in Colorado.

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Rocky Mountain Winter Itinerary

Winter in Grand County brings countless delights: the quiet of Rocky Mountain National Park, excellent skiing at two classic Colorado resorts, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Nordic centers, snowmobiling and excellent shopping. We've put it all together for you with our winter itinerary

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Winter Family Fun

Here's a quick guide to the best family-friendly winter activities in our corner of mountain paradise.

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A Week-Long Family-Friendly Winter Escape

Looking for a trip your entire family will enjoy? Look no further than Grand County.

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