Grand Lake - Grand Lake, CO
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member IJAdventures
N 40° 15.000 W 105° 49.077
13T E 430434 N 4455826
Quick Description: Grand Lake is the largest and deepest natural lake in Colorado located at the headwaters of the Colorado River.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 7/24/2012 1:49:54 PM
Waymark Code: WMEYVJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tmob
Views: 2

Long Description:
Sitting at an elevation of 8369 feet, Grand Lake is the largest and deepest natural lake in the state. Formed by glaciers, the lake lies along the headwaters of the great Colorado River. The early Ute Indians named the lake Spirit Lake and believed that the waters held the spirits of departed souls.

Today the lake guards the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and is a popular destination for fishing, ice-fishing and boating. The historic town of Grand Lake is located on its northern shores and offers a variety of activities throughout the year including an annual yacht race on the lake in mid-August.

Most of the lake shore is privately owned and the many vacation homes and boat houses on the lake exhibit an interesting array of architectural styles. The only public access is at the Stover Lakefront Park (posted coordinates) where you can swim, fish, paddle or just relax and watch the waves roll across the lake.

As part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, Grand Lake is linked to the Front Range through a series of dams, pumping stations and tunnels. When needed, water is lifted 125 feet from Lake Grandby into Shadow Mountain Lake where it flows directly into Grand Lake. The lake reverses flow and water travels through the Alva B. Adams Tunnel across the continental divide into Estes Park and eventually down the Big Thompson River to Fort Collins and Denver and is used to supplement agricultural irrigation and hydroelectric power operations.

Sources: Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce and Colorado-Big Thompson Project

Lake Type: Glacial lake

Coordinates location: Public Beach

Max. Length: 1.5 miles

Max. Width: 1 mile

Max. Depth: 265 ft

Surface area: 8,367 ft (2,550 m)

Website: [Web Link]

Parking / trail head: Not Listed

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