Take A Day Trip From the Frisco Lodge: Green Mountain Reservoir

Posted by: admin May 6th, 2015

Waterfalls, wildflowers, wildlife, hiking, beautiful sunrises, and majestic sunsets are just a few of the offerings that a day trip to Green Mountain Reservoir will afford you. Just a 45-minute drive from our Frisco hotel, this recreational paradise will make you feel like you’ve left Summit County and entered a whole new world. Though things on the water don’t typically start hopping until late May, there is a little something for everyone at one of the best-kept secrets in Colorado.

Built in 1943 with the primary purpose of replacing water that is being diverted to the Front Range, Green Mountain reservoir has become a haven for water sport and mountain activity enthusiasts alike. Whether you are into water skiing, 4-wheeling, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, hiking, bird watching, or just a peaceful day on the river, this is one day trip not to be missed.


Fishing, fishing and more fishing is one of the most popular activities at Green Mountain Reservoir. A Gold Medal Trout water, this 2,125-acre storage reservoir provides excellent fishing for lake trout, Rainbow, Cutbow, Brown Trout, Sockeye Salmon, and Kokanee Salmon. Shore fishing is always an option, but there are two boat ramps that offer access to the lake by boat. Just make sure to acquire a Colorado fishing license before embarking on your trip.


If you want to make more than a day of it, Green Mountain Reservoir has several campgrounds around the lake for overnight stays. Most of the campgrounds are first come, first serve, and are very rustic with no hook ups or vault toilets. Additionally, most of the sites have marked spots with a table and fire pit, but some are still unmarked.


The Heeney Marina at Green Mountain Reservoir is where you need to go to have your boat inspected before launch on the lake. The marina offers fuel, snacks, tackle, boat rentals, and slip rentals if you should so choose.

On any given summer day it is not uncommon to see fishing boats, jet skis, speed boats, water skis, wake boards, wind surfers, and pontoons all cruising around enjoying the spectacular backdrop of the Gore Range and Williams Peak Range.


There are multiple trails available for hiking Green Mountain Reservoir and which you choose will be dependent on your ability. But, Cataract Lake & Falls might be the best choice for families. The Lower Cataract Lake trail is approximately 2 miles long with a minimal incline and spectacular views of Cataract Falls that are visible from many spots around the lake. The summer wildflowers from mid to late June are another benefit of this hike.

For a more strenuous hike, try your hand at the Upper Cataract Lake trail. This moderate to heavy haul is 6.5 miles one way and also includes an abundance of wildflower viewing from late June through mid July. If you are up for it, this hike will afford you with stops at Upper Cataract Lake and Mirror Lake.

Bird Watching

Numerous Osprey and the nesting pair of Eagles and their babies are just a few of the amazing bird watching opportunities at Green Mountain Reservoir. Other species to view include Bluebirds, Goldfinches, Hawks, Geese, Ducks, and lots more.