Lakes in Colorado


For lake enthusiasts, some of the finest lakes in the USA are in Colorado. Six of the best make up Colorado's own "Great Lakes": Grand Lake, Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, Monarch Lake, Meadow Creek Reservoir and Willow Creek Reservoir. Grand Lake is definitely the grandest of the six, the largest (and deepest) natural lake in the state. Located near Rocky Mountain State Park, Grand Lake is set within the charming, Wild West-style mountain town with which it shares its name.

Colorado's Blue Mesa Reservoir is also large. In fact, it's the largest manmade lake entirely within Colorado. Blue Mesa is also the biggest trout and Kokanee salmon fishery in the continental U.S. A reservoir on the Gunnison River, Blue Mesa is located in the Curecanti National Recreation Area, which is known for its stark, awe-inspiring geography and fjord-like mountain lakes.


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Featured lakes in Colorado


Barr Lake

Barr Lake in Barr Lake State Park is just a short drive from the Denver, Colorado, area. A trail appropriate for cyclists, horseback riders, and hikers circles the lake, which is the part-time home of bald eagles as well as over 350 bird species. Boating is allowed, as is fishing.

Horsetooth Reservoir

Horsetooth Reservoir is a 1,900-acre lake west of Fort Collins, Colorado. It's part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, which diverts water for irrigation, drinking and power production. Popular with boaters, anglers, skiers, and campers, the reservoir is open year round.

Turquoise Lake

Turquoise Lake is a 1,800-acre reservoir west of Leadville named after the stone mined nearby in the 1930s. The lake is part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project and provides water and power its water is pumped through a power plant at Twin Lakes. It’s also a popular recreation area, offering camping and boating opportunities, as well as trout fishing.

 

Popular Colorado lakes

Antero Reservoir
Barr Lake
Big Creek Lakes
Blue Mesa Reservoir
Carter Lake Reservoir
Chatfield Lake
Dillon Reservoir
Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir
Empire Reservoir
Green Mountain Reservoir
Horsetooth Reservoir
Lake Henry
Lake Granby
Milton Reservoir
Neegronda Reservoir
Neenoshe Reservoir
North Sterling Reservoir
Pearl Lake
Sloans Lake
Standley Lake
Steamboat Lake
Taylor Park Reservoir
Turquoise Lake
Williams Fork Reservoir

 

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