Colorado boaters have an overwhelming amount of options when it comes to finding a place to launch their boats and hit the water. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, there are over 2,000 lakes and reservoirs, offering a span of major boating opportunities. From wide-ranging reservoirs to small mountain lakes, there is an option for everyone.

Trouble narrowing down your options? Here are five of our favorite lakes that you don’t want to miss.

The Blue Mesa Reservoir

Formed by three reservoirs, the Blue Mesa is Colorado’s largest lake measuring an impressive 20 miles long with 96 miles of shoreline. Located near Gunnison and about a four-hour drive from Colorado Springs, Blue Mesa is a popular destination for outdoor recreation including boating, water skiing, sailing and wind surfing. The lake boasts that it is the largest Lake Trout and Kokanee salmon fishery in the United States, making it a popular attraction to fishing enthusiasts across the country.

Chatfield Lake

Boaters from all walks of life flock to Chatfield Lake each summer to take advantage of its impressive waters. Located just outside of the Denver Metro Area, everyone from fishing enthusiasts to water skiers enjoy the lake’s pristine water and scenic views. The reservoir houses a full-service marina including boat rentals and a floating restaurant. If you are looking for a weekend getaway, Chatfield is home to four different campgrounds featuring 200 single-family campsites.

If you are feeling extra adventurous, take a hot air balloon ride, as Chatfield is one of the most popular hot-air balloon launch areas on the Front Range.

Grand Lake

Located at the headwaters of the Colorado River, Grand Lake is Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake. Here you will find great opportunities for boating, swimming, water sports and fishing. Visit the historic Grand Lake Marina and rent your own pontoon boat, whaler, kayak or canoe and enjoy the exceptional Rocky Mountain views.

After a day at the lake, visit the charming town of Grand Lake which provides dining, shopping and lots of character.

Granby Lake

Granby Lake is one of Colorado’s largest bodies of water containing approximately 40 miles of shoreline. The lake is famous to anglers, but is also home to the Lake Granby Yacht Club. Sitting at an altitude of 8,280 feet, Granby Lake Yacht Club is one of the highest-elevation yacht clubs in the world.

The lake is best experienced from a pontoon boat to explore its many coves and marinas, making the lake very popular to boaters and jet-skiers.

Boyd Lake

Boyd Lake is a water-sports haven, located in Northern Colorado, just one-hour north of Denver. This approximately 1,700-acre lake offers up excellent boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, biking and hunting. This family friendly lake provides a sandy beach and seasonally warm waters, making it a favorite among windsurfers, swimmers and water-skiers.

So now that we’ve shared our five favorite boating spots, we’d love to hear from you! Let us know your favorite places to boat in Colorado. The comment section awaits!