Located on the Colorado River, just 5 miles outside of the town of Granby, Lake Granby encompasses 7,256 surface acres, and is the third largest body of water in Colorado. The lake offers 40 miles of shoreline and along with its two sister lakes, Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake, offers more than 150 miles of scenic shoreline for camping, fishing or hiking.
Lake Granby was created in 1950 by the erection of Granby Dam as part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, which aims to collect around 200,000 acre-feet of water each year. Lake Granby is the largest storage reservoir of the project's 12 reservoirs.
Popular with boaters, fishermen, and other outdoor lovers, Lake Granby provides plenty of outdoor recreation. The Lake Granby Yacht Club offers members the opportunity to race and leisurely boat on the lake's surface all summer. Located at 8,280 feet in elevation, the Lake Granby Yacht Club is one of the higest in the nation. In addition to Lake Granby Yacht Club's boating, there are three boat launches located at Lake Granby so you can launch your own boat during the summer months.
In addition, Lake Granby is continually stocked with trout and kokanee salmon, keeping anglers busy all season long—Make sure you're planning to catch the big one next time you're in the area! Lake Granby, Grand Lake, and Shadow Mountian Reservoir are three of Grand County's most popular lakes for water sports and outdoor recreation. Learn more about boating in Grand County.
Surrounded by the Arapahoe National Forest, the Arapaho National Recreation Area, and the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Lake Granby is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Because of its pristine location between two wilderness areas and just below the Continental Divide, the area attracts hikers, campers, snowmobilers and more.
With about 260 campsites on or near the Lake Granby shore, camping is a must-do. Outdoor enthusiasts can camp near the lake's shores at night, then find a nearby coastal trailhead to hike during the day. During the winter, look for snowmobile trails to explore the area's gorgeous Rocky Mountain terrain.
The Grand Lake Yacht Club often hosts events on the lake for members. Check out their current events calendar to see what's happening! In addition, other events are often hosted on or near Lake Granby. View the Grand County Colorado Tourism Board calendar to see what's coming up!
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