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Nestled in the mountains and bordered by Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand County's lake region provides spectacular views of aquatic life, mountain peaks and pristine forest. Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, and Grand Lake are home to power boating, water skiing, sail boating, and wind surfing. Marina's at all three lakes offer a variety of boats for rent. You can drive to these recreation spots in 30 to 45 minutes from the Winter Park Base and Zephyr Mountain Lodge.
Sailing is one of the few sports that still leaves humans completely reliant on nature. In Grand County that reliance can be a challenge as the winds are generally light. When the wind does blow it is usually gusty and from variable directions. Experienced sailors are advised to relax and enjoy a leisurely cruise while enjoying the scenery. Novice sailors are encouraged to seek instruction [See Highland Marina below] and enjoy the thrill of learning a new sport. One little known fact is that the Grand Lake Yacht Club on Grand Lake holds the title for the "world's highest yacht anchorage"
When the wind is light the waves are small, and that means power boaters have an excellent time. And the Grand County lakes accommodate power boaters including water skiers and jet-skiers. One recommendation is to bring wetsuits for anyone who will be in the water or getting wet. These lakes are fed by chilly mountain streams.
Two more large bodies of water are frequently enjoyed in Grand County: Williams Fork Reservoir and Wolford Reservoir. They are frequented more by fishermen than pleasure boaters and are just over an hour by car from Winter Park Base and the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.
Visitors wishing to rent a boat will find a wide variety available at various marinas and shops. It is possible to rent everything from rowboats to pontoon power boats. For those not interested in being their own captain, boat tours are offered on Lake Granby and Grand lake.
Highland Marina on Lake Granby
SolVista Marina at Grand Lake
Spirit Lake Jet Ski Rentals
Beacon Landing Marina
Captain Spongefoot Sailing Co
Trail Ridge Marina