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Description - Lake Granby encompasses 7,256 acres, and is the second largest body of water in Colorado. The lake offers has 40 miles of shoreline. Lake Granby is part of the Arapaho National Recreation Area (ANRA) which encompasses five lakes and reservoirs at the upper end of the Colorado River Valley. The reservoirs were developed to provide water from the west slope, to the cities on Colorado's east slope.

Attractions - Recreation developments at Lake Granby include over 250 campsites and 3 boat-launch ramps.
Developed campsites exist at Arapaho Bay and Stillwater Campgrounds. Cutthroat Bay has a group Campground. Commercial facilities include boat rentals, fuel, mooring slips and ties. Groceries and food are available at several marinas and cafes located off Highway 34 on the lake's western shore.

Arapahoe Bay Boat Ramp:
Located in the Roaring Fork Loop of Arapaho Bay Campground, on the southeast end of the lake.

Facilities: The boat ramp is unsurfaced and unusable at low water levels. Campground facilities include vault toilets, drinking water, and picnic and campsites.

Stillwater Boat Ramp:
Located in the Stillwater Campground on the northwest shore of the lake.

Facilities: Campground facilities include flush toilets, drinking water, picnic and campsites.

Sunset Point Boat Ramp:
Located on the southwest end of the lake.

Facilities: This is a steep, unsurfaced ramp. There are vault toilets and picnic tables. There is no drinking water.

There are fees for The Arapaho National Recreation Area. Golden Eagle, Age and Access passports are also accepted.

Recreation - Recreation on this large reservoir includes power and sail boating, water skiing, wind surfing, fishing and ice-fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking and viewing scenery. Columbine Bay provides a popular area for nonmotorized boating. Primary sport fish are rainbow trout, mackinaw trout, and salmon. Facilities closed in winter due to ice and snow conditions.

Climate - Elevations in the ANRA range from 8,200 to 11,000 feet. For summer, expect warm days and cool to freezing nights, especially in the high country. Many of the points of interest in the highest elevations remain inaccessible until early or mid-July. Be prepared for both warm and chilly weather. The rainy season lasts from mid-July through August, when afternoon thunderstorms should be expected. The first snow can fly any time after the first of September! Although the skies are often sunny, winter temperatures can be very cold. Abundant snowfall accumulates, which supports many winter activities found on the forests.

Location - Lake Granby is located immediately north of Granby and west of Rocky Mountain National Park. To reach the lake, follow Highway 40 west to Highway 34 then go north on 34 to Lake Granby.

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Contact Information:
U.S. Forest Service, 62429 US HWY 40, P.O. Box 10 , Granby, CO, 80446, Phone: 970-887-4100, Fax: 970-887-4102, TTY: 970-887-4101

Additional Information:
Colorado Lakes & Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs included in this list range from small mountain lakes surrounded by snow capped peaks, to large reservoirs with beaches and boating facilities.
Granby/Grand Lake Area - The Granby and Grand Lake area is located in north-central Colorado, in the upper Colorado River Valley. The area is approximately 90 miles northwest of Denver and lies on the southwest end of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Winter Park Area - Winter Park is located in north-central Colorado, about 70 miles northwest of Denver. Winter Park Ski Area draws many people to the area but other winter and summer opportunities are plentiful in the surrounding Arapaho National Forest.


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