About Grand Lake

Grand Lake Information

Grand County is more than just amazing views of the Rocky Mountains.  Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Hunting, and Snowmobiling are just some of the activities Grand County and Grand Lake are know for.  You will have enough to do to fill a month, a week or just a day trip.  But don’t worry you don’t have to do it all the first time you visit; after you visit for the first time we’re sure you’ll be back.  We at Trail Ridge Marina wanted to put some Grand Lake information together for those looking to visit the area.  Please take some time to browse this page and the rest of our website and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have about Trail Ridge Marina or any Grand Lake information.


The first order of business after reserving a Trail Ridge Marina Boat Rental is to find a perfect location for you and your friends and family to stay overnight in Grand Lake.  There are many different types of lodging in and around Grand Lake, CO.  Visit our lists below and our Grand Lake Colorado Lodging page for information.  Whether you are looking for an elegant hotel suite, a cosy cabin in the woods, a camping spot, or a house vacation rental Grand Lake has you covered.

Hotels – Grand Lake, CO

Camping & Campgrounds – Grand Lake, CO

Cabins – Grand Lake, CO

Vacation Rentals – Grand Lake, CO


If you are staying in Grand Lake why not go biking in Grand Lake CO?  There are plenty of trails to ride a short drive away but enjoy the local trails so you can spend your time riding!


Hiking Grand Lake Colorado offers visitors scenic trails ranging from easy to advanced.  Everyone from hiking beginners to those looking for a challenge will enjoy the trails surrounding the town of Grand Lake.  See some of our tips for hiking Grand Lake and enjoy the outdoors!

Local Favorites

We at Trail Ridge Marina wanted to share some of our Grand Lake local favorites from around town.  From restaurants to events, anything and everything we like about Grand Lake.


You have some choice when looking for a Grand Lake Restaurant, Check out Trail Ridge Marina’s list of some of our go-to Grand Lake restaurant choices.

Boat trip to Grand Lake

Shadow Mountain Lake

Looking towards Grand Lake from Trail Ridge Marina, Shadow Mountain Lake

The picturesque town of Grand Lake is easily accessible from Trail Ridge Marina.  Travel across Shadow Mountain Lake , through a narrow boating channel, and you’ll find yourself on Grand Lake .  On the northwest corner of the lake, you’ll find the public docks.  Once in town, visit an old-fashioned ice cream shop, have a latte at a coffee house, or grab a bite to eat at one of the town’s restaurants, cafes, or saloons.


Brown Trout on Shadow Mountain Lake - Grand Lake, CO

Sam Sierra from Albuquerque, NM

Flyfishing, spincasting, and trolling from boats are all successful methods of catching fish on the lakes.  The waters have earned a reputation for being terrific fishing grounds for Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Mackinaw and Kokanee.  You can purchase your fishing supplies from our marina shop. Learn more about fishing on Grand Lake.

Sightseeing and Picnicking

Trail Ridge Marina Shadow Mountain Lake

As you cruise through the waters on Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake, be sure to keep your eye out for wildlife.  Boaters are often treated to the sights and sounds of Ospreys fishing.  It is spectacular to watch these fish hawks dive into the water, snatch their prey, and fly back into the air with a flopping fish.  The Trail Ridge Marina staff will provide you with a map that will point out the locations of several Osprey nesting areas.  These basket-like nests, high atop the trees, are made entirely of sticks.  Adult birds successfully raise 2 to 3 young a season.  Because of the highly sensitive nature of these birds, it is essential never to disturb them.

There is a “no wake” speed limit on this section of Shadow Mountain Lake , which emphasizes the importance placed on the wildlife resources of the area.  Be on the lookout for the local Grand Lake Bears, elk, deer, coyotes, badgers, marmots, and other wildlife.  It is not uncommon to see bears, elk, deer, and moose feeding along the edge of the lake or on now of the islands.

The islands and shores of Shadow Mountain Lake are dotted with excellent picnicking areas.  Be sure to arrive early, though, because prime locations fill up quickly.  There are also public dock in the town of Grand Lake to stop and get lunch.

Off-Shore Resources and Activities

Grand County Chamber of Commerce 
Your source for up-to-date, accurate information in Grand County. Check back often to discover a new adventure.

Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce
Explore the town of Grand Lake with this virtual guide.

Rocky Mountain National Park 
An in-depth guide to one of Colorado ‘s most popular summer destinations.

Dude and Guest Ranches of Grand County 
Escape the fast-paced lifestyle for an adventure to cowboy country and experience the authentic Old West.

Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce 
Summer transforms Colorado ‘s favorite Ski Resort into a huge outdoor playground. This is the home of the KBCO World Class Rock Festival and the JVC Winter Park Jazz Festival.