Boating on Lake Granby
Boat on Lake Granby


Lake Granby Things to Do

Just 5 miles outside the town of Granby, Lake Granby encompasses 7,256 acres, making it the third largest body of water in Colorado. With 40 miles of beautifully scenic shoreline, boating, kayaking, camping, fishing, and hiking are just some of the must-do activities on the lake. Lake Granby is a little slice of paradise, right outside of downtown Granby where year-round, outdoor adventures are to be had. The whole family will find their own reason to love the lake, making it the perfect destination for future vacations or day trips.


Whether you want to spend some time poll fishing, fly fishing, or ice fishing, Granby is the perfect basecamp for your adventure.


If you’re looking to make a splash on your next trip to the Rocky Mountains, try kayaking in and around Granby. What better place to test your paddling skills than at the headwaters of the Colorado River?...


For an unforgettable experience, explore Lake Granby by boat. Both motorized and non-motorized boating is allowed on the lake. Whether you want to have a relaxing fishing day or an exhilarating boating day,...



With more than 250 campsites on or near Lake Granby’s shoreline, camping is a popular activity for the outdoor enthusiast. With plenty of spots to choose from, you can be close to the water or right next to a trail, ready to start hiking as soon as the sun pops up from behind the mountain walls. Speaking of hiking trails, many are located just off of Lake Granby with some climbing high up into the mountains, gaining a birds-eye view of the lake below.

Arapaho Bay Campground

Arapaho Bay Campground is situated on the eastern tip of Lake Granby with 84 non-electric sites. Reservations operate on a 6-month rolling basis.
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Stillwater Campground

Stillwater Campground is situated on the northern shore with 129 sites (21 sites with electric hookups). Reservations operate on a 6-month rolling basis.
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Sunset Point Campground

Sunset Point Campground is a first-come, first-served campground with 25 non-electric sites on the southern shores of Lake Granby.
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All campers must purchase an Arapaho National Recreation Area Pass in addition to their camping reservation. This can be purchased online or at a fee station on site.

Lake Granby Camping Map


If you’re looking to spend some time out on the water, you can rent a boat for the day or even just a few hours at any of the marinas located on the lake, who are happy to provide you with everything you need. If you have your own boat, there are several boat launches to use during the summer months so you can enjoy the endless blue skies and mountainous views.


Bring your kayak or canoe or rent one when you get here, as you’ll find many visitors and locals spending their day rowing through the lake. Don’t forget, the lake is BIG! When you get tired, head to the shore to enjoy a cold beverage and some lunch before continuing on.


Continuously stocked with trout and kokanee salmon, Lake Granby is a haven for anglers. During the summer months, spend your day relaxing with a pole in hand, taking in the breathtaking views all around. In the winter, fishermen descend upon the lake to take their chance at ice fishing. Lake Granby is even home to the largest ice fishing tournament west of the Mississippi, the 3 Lakes Ice Fishing Contest, which takes place every January.

If you’re looking for a genuine experience with a local guide, sign up for a full or half-day excursion with Fishing With Bernie. Or, stop by the local tackle shops in town to get some tips and tricks for fishing Lake Granby. Just make sure you have a valid Colorado fishing license before you head out.


The Lake Granby area offers a variety of hiking experiences for all levels. Families enjoy the easy Monarch Lake Loop, offering scenic views and minimal elevation gain. Hikers seeking a moderate challenge can choose the Roaring Fork or Watanga Lake Trails, featuring aspen groves and a beautiful lake overlook. Hikers can also opt for the East Shore Trail, a trek through meadows and forests leading to the Shadow Mountain Dam. The Doe Creek and Strawberry Lake trails are also great option for time in nature. Whichever trail you choose, be sure to plan ahead, check current conditions and wear proper footwear as weather can change quickly in the mountains.


Constructed in 1950 as part of the Colorado Big Thompson Project, Lake Granby is the largest storage reservoir of the project’s 12 total reservoirs. Water from Lake Granby is pumped via the Farr Pump plant, emptying into a canal connected to Shadow Mountain Reservoir. Another interesting fact? The Lake Granby Yacht Club is one of the highest elevation yacht clubs in the world at 8,280 feet above sea level.

As one of the largest reservoirs in Colorado, Lake Granby is a top spot for ice fishing, and home to some of the best trophy trout fishing in the state.

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