Grand County's stunning lakes and rivers, including Lake Granby, Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and the Colorado River, are a big draw for summer fun. But high-water flow in Colorado rivers, streams and lakes can often create dangerous conditions. Our high mountain lakes and swift moving rivers contain extremely cold water from snow melt. Entering water under these types of conditions can lead to hypothermia. Swift moving water in rivers have an extra element of risk due to the volume and depth of water. If you plan to spend time recreating in water, make sure to educate yourself about water safety.

Here are some essential water safety tips to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience:

Before You Go:

Plan Ahead: Check the weather forecast and water flow conditions

Know the Risks: Cold water from snowmelt can lead to hypothermia. Swift currents can easily sweep you away.

Stay Afloat:

Wear a Life Jacket: Always wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), also known as a life vest. Free loaner life jackets are available at various locations around Grand County lakes thanks to the Christopher Mullinex Water Rescue Fund. Find loaner life vests at the Stillwater and Sunset Point Boat Ramps on Lake Granby, the pond at Sun Outdoors Rocky Mountains, and at Grand Lake Town Beach and Hilltop Boat Ramp.

The Christopher Mullinex Water Rescue Fund:

This fund was created to prevent drowning tragedies like the one that took Christopher Mullinex. Dee Mullinex, Christopher's mother, hopes to ensure everyone enjoys Grand County's waters safely by providing water safety education and equipment.

Lake Granby Life Jacket Loaner Station

Photo Credit: Christopher Mullinex Water Rescue Fund

If Someone Falls In:

Reach or Throw, Don't Go: The American Red Cross recommends using a long object or throwing a floatable item to the person in the water. Never jump in yourself unless you're trained in water rescue. Call 911 immediately.

Enjoy Responsibly:

By following these simple tips and being aware of the risks, you can make the most of your time on Grand County's beautiful waterways.

Source: Grand County Sheriff's Office