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 known 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.

Sightseeing and Picknicking

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.