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picnic spot at sweitzer lake state parkSweitzer Lake State Park is a Colorado State Park located in Delta, and is around 42 miles southeast of the city of Grand Junction. The park offers boating, biking, paddle boarding, and swimming with great views of Sweitzer Lake.


There are a number of activities available to Sweitzer Lake State Park visitors.

Here are just a few of the many amusements at Sweitzer Lake park:

Boating At Sweitzer Lake State Park

Sweitzer Lake State Park is open to both motorized and small watercraft.

There is a boat ramp at the west end of the lake, nearby the dam, which is a perfect location for launching larger boats.

Keep in mind that all motorized boats must be inspected for aquatic nuisance species (ANS) before launching.

Paddleboarding and sailboarding are all welcome within the park, so long as proper safety guidelines are followed and all visitors pay attention to their surroundings.

Scuba diving is also allowed within the lake, so long as all safety precautions are in place and scuba divers pay attention to the various wakeless areas in the park, when applicable.

For more information on scuba diving or any other boating activity, check out the state park website.

Swimming At Sweitzer Lake State Park

Visitors to Sweitzer Lake State Park are welcome to cool off in the lake at the swim beach.

Keep in mind that swimming is prohibited in other areas of the lake for health and safety reasons, and to help preserve the natural fish population.

The swim beach does not have a lifeguard on duty, so all swimmers do so at their own risk. All children must be accompanied by an adult when in or around the water.

Hiking At Sweitzer Lake State Park

While Sweitzer Lake may be the main attraction in this state park, there is a lovely hiking trail around the edge of the lake. This 1 1/2 mile trail is perfect for those hoping to explore the edge of the reservoir, or anyone looking for the ideal fishing spot.

Hiking is also allowed along the dirt and gravel roads within the park itself, though it should be noted that these are fairly easy trails to traverse with little to no change in elevation.

Biking At Sweitzer Lake State Park

Biking is welcome in the park, especially along the trail that loops the shore of the lake, and along the various roads in the park.

Keep in mind that horseback riders and pedestrians have the right of way and that the unpaved roads may become difficult to bike on during inclement weather.

Horseback Riding At Sweitzer Lake State Park

Horseback riding is allowed along any of the trails within the park, as well as on the various road areas. However, horses are not allowed in the picnic areas or the swim beach.

Keep in mind that parking for horse trailers may be limited during peak visitor season, and on weekends or holidays, as the parking area tends to fill up during these times.

Fishing At Sweitzer Lake State Park

Sweitzer Lake is a catch-and-release fishing area only. However, beginner fishers can catch catfish, bluegill, green sunfish, and carp within the lake.

For more information on fishing restrictions in the park, as well as ideal fishing conditions and locations, check out the state park website.

Pets At Sweitzer Lake State Park

Dogs are welcome at Sweitzer Lake State Park, so long as they are kept on a six-foot or shorter leash at all times, and their waste is properly disposed of. They are not allowed on the swim beach.

Horses are welcome along the trails and roads within the park. However, please refrain from bringing your horses to the picnic area or along the swim beach.

Camping At Sweitzer Lake State Park

Unfortunately, there is no camping at Sweitzer Lake State Park. However, Crawford State Park is nearby and offers incredible camping opportunities. Check out their website for more information, as well as to make a reservation.

Park Location

Sweitzer Lake State Park
1735 E Rd
Delta CO 81416
Phone: 970.874.4258



Below is an interesting video showcasing various activities at Sweitzer Lake State Park: