Fishing Ponds, Lakes & Reservoirs

Fishing Ponds, Lakes & Reservoirs

Fishing Ponds, Lakes & Reservoirs

MEADOWCREEK RESERVOIR:
Part of the Arapaho National Recreation Area (ANRA) - a 35,000 acre scenic water wonder . This ANRA reservoir is one of five in the area. From the Winter Park Information Center follow HWY 40 5.6 miles to Co. RD. 83. Turn right for .4 miles then left on CO. RD. 84 (turns into FSR 129) and continue 10 miles to the reservoir.  ANRA daily fee required/$5-pay at fee box. Toilet, picnic tables, fire pits.  Dispersed camping allowed. Hiking and wildlife viewing.  No motorized or trailerable watercraft.
SPECIES: Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brook Trout  
REGULATIONS: Colorado State Fishing Regulations, 4 Trout limit  TIPS: 50 acre remote reservoir in pristine mountain setting.  Wade-fish from the shore, kayak, raft or canoe

LAKE GRANBY:
At 7,000 acres, the 3rd largest body of water in Colorado. From the Winter Park Information Center follow HWY 40 for 18.4 miles, turn right onto HWY 34 west of Granby and continue 11.5 miles to CO. RD. 6, the first access to the lake.  There are numerous access points to the reservoir along this road, CO. RD. 64, HWY 34 or hike in on the Outlet Trail on the east side. ANRA daily fee required. Toilets, water, picnic tables, fire rings,boating, boat ramps, marinas,four ANRA Campgrounds. Motorized watercraft allowed. SPECIES: Lake, Brown, Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon.  REGULATIONS: Colorado State Fishing Regulations, 4 Trout limit-special regulations apply to Kokanee Salmon.  TIPS:  Home to one of the most productive Lake Trout fisheries in the country.  Borders Rocky Mountain National Park. Fish from a boat or the shore. Popular ice fishing destination in the winter (read more)
 

MONARCH LAKE: From the Winter Park Information Center follow HWY 40 for 18.4 miles, turn right onto HWY 34 west of Granby and continue 11.5 miles to CO. RD. 6 and continue 9.8 miles to Monarch Lake. ANRA daily fee required/$5-pay at fee box. Toilet, picnic tables, camping nearby, hiking trails, wildlife viewing. No motorized watercraft.
SPECIES: Brown, Rainbow, Brook and Cutthroat Trout  
REGULATIONS: Colorado State Fishing Regulations, 4 Trout limit.
TIPS: Small 140 acre, shallow and pristine reservoir in a scenic mountain setting. The reservoir is part of a primitive area and you are not allowed to drive directly to the water's edge. There's a short walk to reach the lake from the trailhead parking lot. Wade-fish from the shore, kayak, raft or canoe. Access to Arapaho Bay at Lake Granby is .5 miles prior to this parking. Fishing access to Arapaho Creek (fly/lure only;2 trout limit) and Roaring Fork Creek (fly/lure only; all Cutthroat must be released).

SHADOW MOUNTAIN LAKE:  
From the Winter Park Information Center follow HWY 40 for 18.4 miles, turn right onto HWY 34 west of Granby and continue 11.5 miles to CO. RD. 66. Turn right for 1.3 miles and bear left for .1 miles then right .2 to parking area and boat launch at the dam. Can also be accessed from the east end of HWy 34 to Lakeside Drive.There is a canal between Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake at this location.Camping, toilets, water, picnic tables, boat ramps, marina. ANRA daily fee required.Motorized watercraft allowed REGULATIONS: Colorado State Fishing Regulations, 4 Trout limit-special regulations apply to Kokanee Salmon.
SPECIES: Lake, Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat Trout and Kokanee Salmon.
TIPS: With over 1,300 surface acres to explore, Shadow Mountain Lake offers good fishing along with other boating activities. A canal connects Shadow Mountain Lake to Grand Lake for additional fishing opportunities. 

GRAND LAKE:
Sitting at an elevation of 8369 feet, Grand Lake is the largest and deepest natural lake in the state. The lake is 1.5 miles long and 1 mile at its widest points and reaches a maximum depth of 265 feet. It was formed by glacial moraines and lies along the headwaters of the great Colorado River.  From the Winter Park Information Center follow HWY 40 for 18.4 miles, turn right onto HWY 34 west of Granby and continue 13.3 miles to Grand Lake. Lodging, camping, toilets, public beach, marina, boat ramp, hiking.
SPECIES: Lake, Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat Brook Trout and Kokanee Salmon. 
REGULATIONS: Colorado State Fishing Regulations, 4 Trout limit-special regulations apply to Kokanee Salmon. Motorized boats allowed.  
TIPS: Fishing access on the canal by boat only

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR:

A deep 303 acre reservoir in a quiet, scenic setting with 7 miles of shoreline. From the Winter Park Information Center follow HWY 40 for 18.4 miles, turn right onto HWY 34 west of Granby and continue 5 miles and turn left onto CO.RD 40 and follow 2.5 miles to the reservoir. ANRA daily fee required. Several access points along the reservoir. Toilets, camping, picnic tables. No motorized watercraft.
SPECIES: Brown, Rainbow and Brook Trout  
REGULATIONS: Colorado State Fishing Regulations, 4 Trout limit-TIPS: Wade-fish from the shore, kayak or canoe. Ice fishing in winter.  (Read More)

WILLIAMS FORK RESERVOIR:  

A 1600 acre reservoir operated by the Denver Water Board. Approximately 14 miles westfrom the HWY 40 & 34 intersection in Granby take a left on CO. RD. 3 south over the Colorado River bridge. Continue 2.5 miles to CO. RD. 341  on the right and follow to the east boat ramp.  There are several access points around the reservoir. Toilets, camping, picnic tables, boat ramps. Motorized watercraft allowed. SPECIES: Lake, Brown,  Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike and Kokanee Salmon.  REGULATIONS: Colorado State Fishing Regulations, 4 Trout limit-special regulations apply to Kokanee Salmon.Pike 26”-34” must be released. TIPS: Early spring is the best time for sight fishing for Pike in the shallows. Good Salmon fishing in the fall at the Williams Fork River inlet. Ice fishing. (Read more

WOLFORD RESERVOIR:  

A 1550 acre reservoir offering awesome views of the Gore Range and Colorado high plateau ranch land. From the Winter Park Information Center drive west 54.8 miles through Kremmling on HWY 40 to the second turn off on the right to WOLFORD RESERVOIR.  Toilets, disabled access, camping, water, picnic areas, marina, fish cleaning station, hiking, wildlife viewing. Motorized watercraft allowed.
SPECIES: Lake, Brown, Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon.
REGULATIONS: Colorado State Fishing Regulations, 4 Trout limit-special regulations apply to Kokanee Salmon. TIPS: Good creek fishing in the tailwaters below the dam on Muddy creek and both Muddy Creek and Carter Creek (fly/lure only) above the reservoir. Ice fishing in winter (read more)


HIGH MOUNTAIN LAKES
Grand County is home to many pristine alpine lakes located in the spectacular Rocky Mountains between 10,000 and 12,500 feet elevation in Arapaho National Forest; Vasquez, James, Byers Peak, Never Summer and Indian Peaks Wilderness Areas and Rocky Mountain National Park.They are accessible via hiking trails on these public lands. Some require an overnight stay and backpacking. Primitive camping, wildlife viewing. The streams that feed and flow from the alpine lakes also offer fun small stream fishing opportunities in a wild fishery.
SPECIES: Brown, Rainbow, Brook and Cutthroat Trout
REGULATIONS: Colorado State Fishing Regulations, 4 Trout limit. Refer to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Guide for special regulations on high alpine streams.
TIPS: The best time to hike into these lakes is from early June through mid-October. July, August, and September are the best months to reach the higher lakes. Plan on moderate to challenging treks. Be aware of lightning and severe weather; carry correct gear, water and food. A few of the most popular alpine lakes in the area include the following: Lake Evelyn, Horseshoe Lake, Lake Dorothy, Columbine Lake, Strawberry Lake, St. Louis Lake, King, Betty and Bob Lakes, McQuery Lake, Bowen Lake, Pawnee Lake, Gourd Lake, Lost Lake

Directions for hiking trails to these lakes is available at the Information Center in Winter Park. Recommended trail maps include the Headwaters Trails Alliance map, National Geographic Topo maps, USFS maps and the publication HIKING GRAND COUNTY, COLORADO

Guide, float and boat service are available through Winter Park Chamber Members- Devil’s Thumb Resort, Damsels On The Fly, Granby Ranch, Beacon Landing Marina.  Additional Guide and Marina service information is available on the VisitGrandCounty.com  website.

LION’S FISHING PONDS: 
2.1 miles west on HWY 40  from the Winter Park Information Center just south of the Fraser Safeway on the right. The Fraser River Valley Lions Club stocks two ponds with the North Pond reserved for children 14 and younger and the disabled.  Toilets, pavilion, picnic tables, trail to Fraser River.
SPECIES: Brown and Rainbow Trout.
REGULATIONS: 2 fish/one pole limit, no watercraft, 16 and over must have Colorado Fishing License, Colorado State Fishing Regulations apply. TIPS: Donations to the Lion’s Club appreciated.

COZEN’S RANCH OPEN SPACE PONDS: 
From the Winter Park Information Center,1.9 miles west on HWY 40 from the on the right. Parking area with access to two ponds and the Fraser River.
SPECIES: Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout.  REGULATIONS: Colorado State Fishing Regulations,all cutthroat trout must be released.

REGULATIONS: Colorado State Fishing Regulations,all cutthroat trout must be released.

KIDS FISHING POND AT KAIBAB PARK:  From the Winter Park Information Center follow HWY 40 17.2 miles and turn left into Kaibab Park at on the east side of the bridge into Granby. Toilets, picnic tables. Stocked pond for children 15 and under accompanied by an adult 16 years or older.  SPECIES: Brown and Rainbow Trout  REGULATIONS: Colorado State Fishing Regulations, 2 fish of any species

FISHING PONDS AT GRANBY TRAILS: From the Winter Park Information center follow HWY 40 west 18.4 miles and turn right onto HWY 34 west of Granby. Continue .5 miles to the Granby Trails entrance on the left. Two stocked ponds. SPECIES: Rainbow Trout. REGULATIONS: Colorado State Fishing Regulations, 2 fish limit