Sweetwater Lake State Park debuted as the newest and the 43rd state park in Colorado. The 488-acre Sweetwater Lake park is located in the White National Forest and will be managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in partnership with the U.S Forest Service and a local land trust. The land area isn’t state-owned.

The Forest Service bought the ranch this summer from the Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit that purchased the property in 2021, partly through a fundraising campaign organized by the Eagle Valley Land Trust.

The lake was identified as one of the top 10 priorities by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal program that protects outdoor recreation and wildlife habitats, according to a spokesperson with the governor’s office.

A new boat launch and other amenities are expected to open by June 2022.



Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of the Governor’s office