With the dramatic peaks of the Rocky Mountains in the background, Shadow Mountain Lake is a high-elevation reservoir offering breathtaking views and plenty of outdoor activities. This man-made lake forms a continuous body of water with nearby Grand Lake, and the two are full year-round.
With 1,346 surface acres of deep blue waters, Shadow Mountain Lake beckons outdoor enthusiasts to explore. Whether power boating, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking or canoeing, you’ll find plenty of ways to boat along the vast expanse of this lake. Two boat launches are available in the Green Ridge Campground, located along the southern shore. Learn more about boating in Grand County.
Drop a fishing line into the sparkling waters of Shadow Mountain Lake to reel in brown trout, rainbow trout and salmon. For quiet fly-fishing surrounded by lush forests, escape to one of the many nearby creeks or the Colorado River, which flows out of Shadow Mountain Lake and into Lake Granby. Get more information about licenses and fishing in Grand County.
Pack a picnic and enjoy a peaceful meal in the great outdoors at Pine Beach Picnic Site, located along the western shore of Shadow Mountain Lake.
For overnight stays, book one of the 75 campsites at Green Ridge Campground, situated along the southern shore of the lake, near Shadow Mountain Dam.
Nearby AA Barn is perfect event venue for family reunions and casual weddings, featuring a rustic barn, picnic tables and views of the Colorado River and surrounding pine forests. Get more ideas for Grand County weddings.
A number of hiking and horseback riding trails are also located nearby, including the East Shore Trail, which is a segment of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, and Shadow Mountain Trail, which leads hikers to Shadow Mountain Lookout, a historic fire lookout built in 1932.
Plan a family outing during the annual National Fishing Week in June. Visit the Grand County events calendar to find even more upcoming festivals and special events.
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 itineraryRead More
Here's a quick guide to the best family-friendly winter activities in our corner of mountain paradise.Read More
For families with children, no matter their age, it can be difficult to find a trip that everyone agrees upon. But in Grand County, there are plenty of ways to make sure everyone enjoys the perfect family-friendly escape, with just the right amount of adventure sprinkled in. Here’s our favorite way to spend a winter week in Grand County, and it’s sure to keep the whole family happy!Read More