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Sweetwater Lake

Check out Colorado’s newest state park at Sweetwater Lake!

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Colorado has an abundance of reactional treasures and a new one has been added to that list.  Governor Polis announced that Sweetwater Lake will be Colorado’s 43rd State Park  in a continuing commitment to expanding outdoor recreation and meeting the needs of those who love to play on Colorado Public Lands. This will be the second state park of Polis’ administration that has been created since taking office, with Fishers Peak opening last year in Trinidad.

Where is Sweetwater Lake?

Sweetwater Lake is located near the border of Garfield County and Eagle County, only about 15 miles off Highway 70. 

What is there to do at Sweetwater Lake?

Sweetwater Lake boasts nearly 500 stunning acres of rugged park land with even more land adjacent to US Forest Service trails. In the coming months they will be developing a site plan, in collaboration with members of the public, for expanding and managing recreational opportunities while preserving the unique, relatively undeveloped nature of the property.

“Sweetwater Lake is simply gorgeous, and has great potential for even more recreational opportunities like a campground,” said Governor Polis. “This is the first of its kind partnership in Colorado to create a state park on U.S. Forest Service land, and we look forward to working with our partners and Coloradans with the ultimate goal of adding Sweetwater Lake to Colorado’s world-class state park system for fun, conservation, education, and to support job growth for the region.”

What is the timeline?

The White River National Forest acquired the 488-acre Sweetwater Ranch in Garfield County on August 31, 2021, through a federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) purchase. Starting next summer in June of 2022, Coloradans will be able to access improved facilities, including a new boat dock. 

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