Grand Lake, Colorado

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The Town of Grand Lake is a Statutory Town located in Grand County, Colorado, United States. The population was 447 at the 2000 census.

Established in 1881, Grand Lake sets at an elevation of 8437 feet (2572 m). It derives its name from the nearby Grand Lake, the largest natural body of water in Colorado. Grand Lake was originally an outfitting and supply point for the mining settlements of Lulu City, Teller City, and Gaskill, but today is a tourist destination into Rocky Mountain National Park to the north. Grand Lake was the Grand County seat of government from 1882-1888. It was incorporated on June 23, 1944.[2]



Grand Lake is located at 40°15′2″N 105°49′28″W / 40.25056°N 105.82444°W / 40.25056; -105.82444 (40.250492, -105.824323)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.5 km²), all of it land. (the town does not encircle the lake).

The town of Grand Lake serves as the western portal to Rocky Mountain National Park, and the summertime population swells tenfold as tourists and summer home owners descend on the area to enjoy the warm weather, cool water and numerous recreational activities. For years, the Grand Lake Lodge has been a notable landmark in Grand Lake, boasting its magnificent view of the Lake, as well as its rustic cabins and frequent wildlife sightings. Henry Ford was a guest at this lodge in 1927. It is currently open only for lunch and no rooms are being rented but a full re-opening of the guest rooms is planned for next summer.

Grand Lake

The lake itself is part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project which diverts water east under the Continental Divide through a tunnel. The western end is about in the center of the far shore in the photo. As part of the project, water is pumped into nearby man made reservoirs Lake Granby and Shadow Mountain Lake. Grand Lake is considered the headwaters to the Colorado River. Grand Lake Yacht Club serves the people of Grand Lake as a private club hosting sailing races on the Lake.

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