Colorado may be landlocked, but its shorelines are dense with wildlife, industry, and recreational activities. The Blue Mesa Resevoir is the largest body of water in the state, but Colorado offers several other magnificent lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. Whether you love fishing, swimming, or just being close to the water, below you will find a few must-see shores within the Centennial State.
Grand Lake—This is the largest natural lake within the state. It sits outside the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park; comprising a boardwalk, marina, and countless family activities, this is a wonderful place to spend a day, regardless of the season.
Chatfield Reservoir—Conveniently near Denver, this beautiful reservoir and adjacent park is continuously full of hikers, boaters, campers, bikers, fishermen, and families and individuals enjoying a picnic. Alongside natural features, you will find a full-service marina, stable concession, and an off-leash dog walking area.
Lake Dillon—This massive reservoir, lined with pines and studded with islands, features stunning mountain views, a marina, and unforgettable sunsets. The lake is also easily accessible—just down I-70 from Summit County ski areas like Copper Mountain, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Breckenridge.
Boulder Reservoir—If you are looking for a summer swimming spot, Boulder Reservoir should be on your list. The 700-acre recreation hotspot hosts events all summer long. The area also features a popular swimming beach, water skiing, fishing, and views of Boulder’s famous Flatiron Mountains.
Prospect Lake—Located in Colorado Springs’ Memorial Park, this swimming hole boasts stunning views of the distant foothills. Perfect for a summer day trip, visitors will find abundant swimming, boating, and picnicking opportunities.
Lake Granby—Granby is one of the state’s largest lakes. Just between Winter Park and the town of Grand Lake, visitors will find plentiful fishing opportunities; a hotspot for trout, salmon, and ice fishing, professional and recreational fishers have unlimited sport opportunities. The lake also sits in view of the Continental Divide.
Vallecito Lake—Twenty miles north of Durango, Vallecito sits in a beautiful valley. It features a full-service marina, access to San Juan National Forest, and a variety of recreational opportunities: boating, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and off-road driving.