James M. Robb Colorado River is a diverse state park that’s made up of five sections, running from Debeque Canyon to Fruita. It begins at Debeque Canyon and passes the five pearls of the Colorado River State Park. Each one offers something special.
The park was renamed in 2005 to James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park to honor the man who created the “string of pearls” that is the five distinct districts.
Year Round State Park around Grand Junction
There are five unique and exciting sections of the James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park. The eastern most point of the Park begins at the Island Acres Section in Debeque Canyon, just east of Palisade.
It then travels west along the Colorado River with four more sections of park, the last being in Fruita. Named after the man who created this “string of pearls”, James M. Robb, the Park is open year round for stellar recreation.
- Island Acres – The eastern most part of the park located east of Palisade, exit 247 from I-70; narrow-strip of park surrounded by steep canyons cut by the Colorado River, which runs through the park. It’s just off I-70, but noises can usually be tuned out.
- Corn Lake – Day-use area offering fishing and boat ramp to Colorado River.
- Colorado River Wildlife Area – Day-use area aimed at protecting wildlife habitat.
- Connected Lakes – Day-use section offering fishing and boat ramp to Colorado River.
- Fruita – The western most part of the Park located 0.5 mile south of exit 19 from I-70 in the city of Fruita; larger park with Visitor Center, lake and Colorado River access.
The 5 “Pearls” are: (from east to west)
1. Island Acres – Offers 4 campgrounds open year round. There are 3 small lakes and a separate Swimmin’ Hole with a beach. The Colorado River runs along one side of the Park and I-70 does the other. It’s fairly easy to zone out the highway noise. Striking sandstone mountains tower over sides of the Park.
2. Corn Lake – A day-use area near downtown Grand Junction. Hand carry and electric motorized vessels are allowed on lake.
3. Wildlife Area – A day-use area great for hiking around.
4. Connected Lakes – A day-use area offering fishing and boat access to lake and Colorado River.
5. Fruita – Year round use area with large campground, one lake and access to the Colorado River. It’s located close to attractions like the Dinosaur Museum, downtown Fruita and Colorado National Monument.
Biking/Hiking: Numerous trails exist throughout all five sections.
Boating: Hand carry and electric motorized vessels are permitted on the lakes at Island Acres, Corn Lake, Connected Lakes and Fruita. Another state park, Highline Lake, is located nearby in Fruita.
Camping: Year round at Island Acres Section in Debeque Canyon and Fruita Section. Sites include picnic tables, bbq grills and campfire rings. Group camping available in Fruita Section.
- Island Acres Section in Debeque Canyon, 73 sites, Reservations
- Fruita Section, 57 sites, Reservations
Fishing: Year round at Island Acres, Corn lake, Connected Lakes, and Fruita. Island Acres, Corn Lake and Fruita are stocked.
Hunting: Island Acres, Corn Lake and the Wildlife Area offer reservable waterfowl blinds during season.
OHV: No riding in park. Registrations available at Island Acres, Corn Lake and Fruita. Grand Mesa NF and BLM properties offer riding nearby.
Swimming: Island Acres Swim Beach is open during season.
Trails: All trails of Colorado River State Park are included in the Colorado Riverfront Trail System.
Whitewater Rafting: Boat launch at Fruita is used for whitewater rafting. Sections of Class IV and V exist downstream on the Colorado River.
Address: 361 32nd Rd, Clifton
Season: Year round
Hours: 5am-10pm, unless fishing/camping
Pets: Yes, on leash
Fees: $7/day, $70/year (annual)