Highline Lake State Park Offers Ice Fishing and More

Highline Lake State Park offers fun winter activities for the entire family.
Colorado State Parks

Ice fishing is hot at Highline Lake State Park! Both Highline Lake and Mack Mesa Lakes are frozen and Mack Mesa is covered with ice at least six inches thick. Fishing is very good and the ice skating is awesome. Highline Lake has a minimum of five inches of ice near the dam and the hunting blinds at the north end of the lake are iced over. Please avoid the center of Highline Lake, which is not safe at this time.

To be safe on the ice and as a precaution, check the ice safety tips at www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/HighlineLake, under the ?publications? listing.

Visitors to Highline Lake love the ice at Mack Mesa because it freezes early and the ice surface is smooth enough to skate on after the snow is cleared. This year, one or more anonymous park supporters cleared the area before the park?s staff could do the task and we appreciated that! Dust off and sharpen your rusty skates and get out onto the ice! Ice skate just for the fun of it; you will soon remember why you love skating as the wind rushes by, reviving all of your outdoor senses. Or bring the hockey gear and enjoy a pick-up hockey game. That?s a great way to spend a gorgeous afternoon.

Right after any snowstorm is the perfect time to visit Highline Lake for sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, making snowmen and snowball fights!

Ice fishing is very popular at both Mack Mesa Lake and Highline Lake. The lakes were stocked with trout last fall and the fish are ready to bite. And, the ?old timers? are starting to get hungry again. Fishermen have been catching trout of all sizes; some even brag about catching some nice-sized catfish, but they won?t tell exactly where. The weather lately has been chilly but sunny, so bring your winter woolies, enjoy a beautiful, quiet day and have a fish fry for dinner.

Don?t forget to bring the binoculars when you visit Highline Lake! There are two bald eagles that roost in a tree just east of the visitor center, after they shoo away a golden eagle. There are few as-yet-unidentified, but interesting birds and a myriad of ducks visiting the park.

Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado's 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state?s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

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