With the record-breaking heat in Colorado, locals are struggling to stay cool. Luckily, there are lakes and reservoirs scattered throughout the state that are open to the public. Whether you plan to jump in or just lounge on the beach, these swimmable watering holes are perfect for any summer day. So, pack up your swimsuits, sunscreen and snacks and head to our favorite mountain beach escapes.
Here are our top five swimmable lakes and reservoirs in Colorado.
This water source is a classic site for residents in Boulder to get away and unwind. Located about 10 minutes from CU Boulder’s campus, Boulder Reservoir has a white sand beach and several roped-off areas to swim in. There is access to boating, paddle boarding, fishing and other activities for those looking for more adventure.
The town of Grand Lake is home to Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake. Despite being a bit of a drive, this quaint and charming town makes for a fantastic weekend getaway. Its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park also allows for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and camping.
What is known to be an outdoor paradise by many locals, Horsetooth Reservoir, can be found minutes away from Fort Collins. With over 3,900 acres of surface water, there is plenty of room for activities such as swimming, scuba diving, fishing, boating and much more.
Chatfield State Park Reservoir
For all the folks in Denver, this reservoir is the shortest drive away. Besides offering a sandy beach and swimming area, Chatfield is one of the best places to fish in the greater Denver metro area. You can expect to catch rainbow trout, bass, catfish and many other species.
Blue Mesa Reservoir
Located between Montrose and Gunnison, Blue Mesa is the largest body of water in Colorado, covering over 9,100 acres of surface water. This lounge-worthy beach is excellent for boating, water skiing, windsurfing and fishing. While the shoreline is rocky, you can find nearby swimming areas at the Bay of Chickens, Dry Creek and Old Highway 50 beach.
Summers in Colorado are some of the best the West has to offer. Each of the lakes and reservoirs listed above provides various activities, ensuring no one in the family is bored. So, why wait? Make sure to check out these refreshing mountain lakes while the sun is shining and adventure beckons!