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more Summer activities Fishing The waters around Grand Lake offer many opportunities for just about every type of fisherman. Grand Lake (226ft) is full of prospects for brown trout, rainbow trout, and mackinaw (lake trout). While shoreline access is limited, the best areas to fish around the lake are public. The lake remains cold for most of the summer, so fishing conditions remain very good throughout the year. Shadow Mountain Reservoir (24ft. Yes, this is correct!) is a shallow lake, prolific in undergrowth with a deeper basin closer to the dam. Fishing in the spring, fall, and summer evenings can produce good catches of rainbow, brown trout, as well as kokanee salmon. As the Colorado River flows through the spillway, it forms an excellent year-round tail-water fishery. Spring and fall bring spawning runs of trout, salmon, and resident rainbow trout that keep fly, spin, and bait fishermen walking and wading the river down to Lake Granby. Lake Granby (221ft) is a destination lake for world-class lake-trout fishing. Fish over 40 inches are caught every year! Brown trout over 20 inches are consistently caught. Rainbows and kokanee salmon round out this great fishery. Ice fishing is very popular on this 7,500-acre lake. The Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest at the end of January has more than 1,000 competitors for over $18,000 in cash and prizes. If summer fishing in the picturesque mountain environment isn’t enough, come back for the highly regarded Grand Lake Ice Fishing Contest held annually in early March. Grand Lake Chamber, 970-627-3402 www.grandlakechamber.com. Rocky Mountain National Park contains 450 miles of streams and 147 lakes. Pick up a brochure listing lakes with fish and park regulations at the visitor center. Every day is a good day to fish. Rocky Mountain Outfitters provides guided fly-fishing trips to one of the numerous streams around Grand Lake or the Colorado River. Lake fishing on Grand Lake itself (catch-and-release) or Williams Fork reservoir (keep your catch) are also offered. They also rent equipment, sell licenses and bait and tackle. 970-798-8021, www.rkymtnoutfitters.com. Stop by Beacon Landing Marina for guided fishing trips, bait and tackle. 970-627-3671, www.beaconlanding.us. Get your fishing license online at cpw.state.co.us/fish/buyapply, by phone at 800-244-5613, or in person. Marinas and many local shops sell licenses. water sports As the largest natural body of water in Colorado, Grand Lake offers all manner of water sports. You can zip around on a motor boat, go at a slower pace on a pontoon boat or enjoy the latest craze of stand-up paddle boarding. Grand Lake has the world’s highest registered yacht anchorage so the lake is popular for sailing. Kayaking is a wonderful way to see the lake. There are a variety of rental locations in town along Lake Avenue. The town beach on Lake Avenue has picnic tables and room to sit and enjoy the lake and mountain views or to go for a nice swim. 16 2 0 1 5 G R A N D L A K E G U E S T G U I D E ®


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