Sweitzer Lake offers convenient water recreation for those on the Western Slope. Located only minutes from downtown Delta, the park boasts exciting fishing and boating.
The picturesque lake is 137-acres, amongst the park’s total 210 acres. There’s a nice swim beach and lots of lakeside picnic tables. You can drive around roughly 70% of the lake. A foot trail connects the two roads. All the roads near the entrance and main rec areas are paved, but further around the lake it becomes gravel/dirt.
Sweitzer Lake is a smaller, day-use state park located in Delta. It’s centered around water recreation on Sweitzer Lake. Fishing, swimming and boating are the most popular activities. Boating-wise, power boating, jet skiing, water skiing, sailing and canoeing are permitted on the 137-acre reservoir.
Since it’s day-use there is no camping. Crawford State Park offers camping some 30 miles away. The South Rim of the Black Canyon is located thirty miles southeast, and offers several campgrounds and adventure opportunities.
Activities at Sweitzer Lake
Biking: Permitted on gravel and dirt roads.
Boating: Power boating, sailing, jet skiing, water skiing and canoeing are popular. Boat ramp is located at the west end of lake near the dam.
Camping: No, day-use only. Check out nearby Crawford State Park.
- Read about the camping near Montrose and Delta.
Fishing: Bluegill, carp, catfish and green sunfish are common. Fishing is cash and release only.
Hiking: 1.5 miles loop trail around lake on dirt/gravel roads.
Horseback Riding: Permitted except in designated picnic areas and swim beach.
Hunting: Shotgun hunting is allowed within park’s boundaries. Waterfowl hunting is permitted on weekends, Wednesdays and legal holidays.
Jet Skiing: Allowed, recommended in southwest corner of lake.
Swimming: Permitted in swim area only; Scuba diving also popular. No lifeguard on duty.
Volleyball: Permitted in open areas, must bring own net and ball.
Water Skiing: Counter-clockwise direction only around the Ski buoys in center of lake.
Winter Recreation: Ice is generally unsafe. Cross Country Skiing is allowed when conditions permit.
Address: 1735 E Rd, Delta, CO
Season: Year round
Hours: Park open 8am-10pm
Pets: Yes, on leash
Fees: $7/day, $70/year (vehicle)