Waterways in Grand County

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Grand Lake

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

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Lake Granby

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

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Shadow Mountain Lake

Shadow Mountain Lake is a high-elevation reservoir near the headwaters of the Colorado River — and it’s beloved by boaters and anglers.

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Monarch Lake

Monarch Lake, in the Arapaho National Recreation Area, is a serene waterfront retreat amid craggy peaks, dense forests and abundant wildlife.

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Williams Fork River

The Williams Fork River, originating from the western slope of the Continental Divide, is a tributary to the Colorado River. Located on Muddy Creek, Wolford Mountain Reservoir offers plenty of recreation on the water and in the surrounding wilderness.

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Green Mountain Reservoir

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

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Colorado River

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

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Fraser River

The Fraser River is the first main tributary river to the Colorado River, and it offers Gold Medal waters for anglers.

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Blue River

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


Splash-worthy Adventures

Looking for more river-rafting routes, kayaking lakes and swimming spots? Check out these summer trip ideas.

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