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Arapaho National Recreation Area Recreation Description. Garmin eTrex Summit GPS
Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of water sports on the "Great Lakes of Colorado" found within the ANRA. Boats of all kinds are available to rent at many of the marinas. Boat-in-camping is possible along the northeast shores of Lake Granby. Have a boat-in-picnic on an island- tables and fire grates are provided for picnicking on two islands in Shadow Mountain Lake. For a quiet, remote canoe or row boating experience visit Monarch Lake or Meadow Creek Reservoir where only non motorized boats are allowed.

The waters of the ANRA are open year-round to fishing, subject to Colorado regulations. A Colorado fishing license is required. Rainbow, mackinaw, brown, cutthroat and brook trout and kokanee salmon are found in the lakes and streams.

Ice Fishing is very popular from late December through the end of February. The reservoirs on the eastern slope of the Rockies are filled in the winter months so that spring runoff can be trapped in the west-side reservoirs within the ANRA. The pumping activities associated with this process cause the ice to be unstable and extreme caution is advised. Open water is common even in the coldest months. Ice fishing structures should be removed daily.

Barrier Free facilities are provided at Point Park picnic area and fishing pier. Look for more barrier-free facilities in the ANRA in the years to come. Campgrounds are located throughout the ANRA. For a large group of people, Cutthroat Bay Group Camp can accommodate up to two groups of 50 people in a rustic setting. Reservations are required. For a primitive camping experience, backcountry camping is permitted in two areas designated for dispersed camping.

Hike portions of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail without climbing to the top of the world. Both the Knight Ridge Trail and the High Lonesome Trail have been designated as the route for the CDNST. Enjoy a horseback trip on the many trails within or near the ANRA. Mountain Biking for all skill levels can be found near and around Meadow Creek Reservoir. Other trails can be found in areas surrounding the ANRA.

Hunting of both large and small game mammals and waterfowl is permitted within the ANRA and is governed by Colorado State Law.

The Stillwater Boat Launch parking area is plowed in the winter and provides parking for snowmobilers and ice fishing. Although no marked snowmobile or cross-country ski trails are set up in the ANRA, both activities are allowed. Immediately adjacent to the ANRA are many groomed cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. Contact the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce at 970-627-3402, for more information.

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