Grand Lake, Colorado

Grand Lake, Colorado

Town of Grand Lake, Colorado
Statutory Town
Grand Lake village in winter
Grand Lake village in winter
Location in Grand County and the state of Colorado
Location in Grand County and the state of Colorado
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County[1] Grand
Established 1879
Incorporated (town) June 23, 1944[2]
 • Type Statutory Town[1]
 • Total 0.9 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 • Land 0.9 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 8,369 ft (2,551 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 447
 • Density 496.7/sq mi (178.8/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[3] 80447
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-31715
GNIS feature ID 0202505
Website Town of Grand Lake
Downtown Grand Lake in summer
Tourists and customers mingle outside Grand Mountain Trading Company in Grand Lake
Trinity Church of the Pines at 604 Lake Avenue in Grand Lake

The Town of Grand Lake is a Statutory Town located in Grand County, Colorado, United States. The population was 447 at the 2000 census.

Established in 1881, Grand Lake sits at an elevation of 8369 feet (2551 m). It derives its name from the lake on whose shores it is situated: Grand Lake, the most extensive natural body of water in Colorado. The Town of Grand Lake was originally an outfitting and supply point for the mining settlements of Lulu City, Teller City, and Gaskill, but today is a tourist destination adjacent to the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park which also surrounds the lake and the town on three sides. Grand Lake was the Grand County seat of government from 1882-1888. It was incorporated on June 23, 1944.[2]


  • Geography 1
  • Grand Lake 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Culture 4
  • Notable residents 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Grand Lake is located at (40.250493, -105.824323).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land. (the town does not encircle the lake).

The town of Grand Lake serves as the western portal to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Grand Lake

Grand Lake is Colorado's largest and deepest natural lake, and is part of the headwaters of the Colorado River. The Lake became a component in the Colorado-Big Thompson Project (C-BT) in 1937, when it was recruited as a conduit for C-BT project water. The C-BT project diverts water from the Colorado River Basin east via the Alva B. Adams Tunnel under the Continental Divide and Rocky Mountain National Park to the Platte River and ultimately the Mississippi River basin.

Grand Lake Yacht Club serves the people of Grand Lake as a private club hosting sailing races on the Lake, and there are also publicly and privately operated marinas, a public boat ramp, and public boat docks on the lake.


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 447 people, 219 households, and 121 families residing in the town. The population density was 472.5 people per square mile (181.7/km²). There were 748 housing units at an average density of 790.7 per square mile (304.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.20% White, 0.67% African American, 0.89% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.68% of the population.

There were 219 households out of which 21.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 3.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.7% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.60.

In the town the population was spread out with 16.8% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 35.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 124.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 122.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $45,096, and the median income for a family was $55,750. Males had a median income of $30,833 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $34,676. About 3.0% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Grand Lake is home to the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. This summer stock theatre company produces three Broadway musicals from June through August and one musical in September. In the Spring of 2010, a new 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) theatre complex was built for RMRT in Grand Lake.

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities".  
  2. ^ a b "Colorado Municipal Incorporations".  
  3. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" ( 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Town website
  • Detailed map from CDOT
  • Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce