Sweetwater Lake

Sweetwater Lake is one of the largest natural lakes in Colorado (72 acres) and is located at 7,709 feet in elevation.

Colorado's 43rd State Park at Sweetwater Lake

A partnership among Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service (White River National Forest), and Eagle Valley Land Trust (EVLT) was formed to create Colorado’s 43rd State Park at Sweetwater Lake.

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. The area had been identified among the top 10 priority Land and Water Conservation Fund purchases nationwide to increase public recreation opportunities as well as to protect the area’s important wildlife habitat, cultural and scenic values.  This Land and Water Conservation Fund purchase followed the acquisition of the property in 2020 by The Conservation Fund, which was made possible by a loan from Great Outdoors Colorado and local fundraising efforts such as the “Save the Lake” Campaign organized by Eagle Valley Land Trust.

This video shows aerial shots of Sweetwater Lake and its majestic beauty. 🎥: Courtesy of Eagle Valley Land Trust (EVLT).

Activities At
Sweetwater Lake​

The lake provides a lot of opportunities for fun activities for the whole family.