Highline Lake is an oasis in the high desert, hidden just west of Grand Junction. There is one very large lake for boating, fishing and swimming, and a second smaller one just for fishing and smaller boats.
Aside from two nice lakes, the park also boasts a large, lush grassy area. It’s used for camping, picnicking and all-around recreation. There’s a playground, volleyball net and swim beach close-by.
Boating, camping, fishing, hiking, swimming in Fruita
Situated in Western Colorado, the park is a water-sports paradise, with boats, jet skis, and a swim beach. It’s located just northwest of Fruita and the Colorado National Monument. There is one real large lake and a second smaller lank, both great for fishing, hiking around, or picnicking beside the lake.
A decent size campground is situated in a nice grassy area with plenty of large trees. It’s close to the lake and swim beach. The visitor center has exhibits and a small gift shop. The campground is nice and benefits from the park’s close proximity to area attractions like Grand Junction.
Part of the Colorado River State Park is located in nearby Fruita.
Biking: There are several bike trails include the 3.5 mile Highline Lake Trail, which circles the lake.
Boating: March 1 – September 30 (weather-permitting). On weekends May through Labor Day, lake regularly meets capacity, requiring a boat wait to enter until another leaves.
- Highline Lake – open to power boating, jet skiing, water skiing, sailboating and sailboarding.
- Mack Mesa Lake – only hand or electric powered boat are allowed.
Camping: Yes, open year round, 31 sites, $18/night. Reservations
- Sites accommodate tents and rvs, no electric
- Coin-operated hot showers and laundry facilities.
- Water hydrants and a dump station available year round.
Fishing: Highline Lake & Mack Mesa Lake; Largemouth bass, black crappie, black bullhead and channel catfish. Both lakes are stock with rainbow trout in spring and fall.
Geocaches: There are eleven caches in the park.
Hiking: Circle either Highline Lake or Mack Mesa Lake.
Hunting: Waterfowl hunting during season; 7 blinds; Monday-Friday, 1/2 hour before sunrise and after sunset.
Swimming: Swim beach and buoyed off swim area located next to grassy recreation area.
Trails: For bikers and hikers there are multiple trails to choose from.
- Highline Lake Trail – an easy 3.5 mile gravel trail, suitable for foot, horse and bike.
- 18 Hours of Fruita Trail – bikers should try this 6 mile trail which is used the first week of every May for the celebrated 18 Hours of Fruita Endurance Race. Most laps completed during a continuous 18 hour period wins.
- Engle Loop – a new 0.9 mile addition to the 18 Hour Trail, open for hiking and biking.
- East Bluffs Loop – a difficult 1.7 mile unpaved single-track trail for foot & bike. Some steeps.
- Greasewood Flats Loop – an easy, 0.7 mile foot & bike trail.
- Mack mesa Loop – a 1 mile easy foot & bike trail. Takes you atop Mack Hill with awesome, far-stretching views.
- Blue Heron Ponds Loop – an easy 1 mile trail great for seeing wildlife. It runs just below the dam.
Visitor Center: Exhibits and small gift shop.
Address: 1800 11.8 Rd, Loma
Season: Year round
Hours: 5am-10pm, unless fishing/camping
Fee: $7/daily, $70/annual (vehicle)
Map: Highline Lake (PDF)