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Old 05-20-2012, 05:03 PM
 
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Coming from the Northeast we have several large lakes that are popular vacation areas (lake George NY, Candlewood Lake in CT). Are there any popular lake areas such as these within 5 hours of the Denver area?
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:30 PM
 
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Coming from the Northeast we have several large lakes that are popular vacation areas (lake George NY, Candlewood Lake in CT). Are there any popular lake areas such as these within 5 hours of the Denver area?
Lakes are scarce in Colorado. But if you are looking for some vacation lake areas that are fairly popular the lakes in the area of Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Lake Granby are pretty popular. The town of Grand Lake is a small, but very nice town. That Grand Lake area is also in close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park so it's got good scenery and access to non-lake activities as well.

However, I do not think you are going to find anything on par with the NE when comparing water oriented activities and resorts.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:31 PM
 
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Grand Lake. Grand Lake Chamber, near Rocky Mountain National Park | Rocky Mountain National Park | Colorado Mountain Vacations

edit: I see Mr. Goodman beat me to it : )
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:56 PM
 
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The biggest difference between Colorado and the North East in terms of lakes will be the size of them. As far as numbers of "real lakes" it's hard to really describe the difference, as I do not percieve small ponds dotting the landscape as lakes. However actual lakes in Colorado will be overall smaller and more spread out than NY or VT and NH.

That being said, I would say either Grand Lake, or Lake Dillon near the city of Silverthorne on I-70. Lake Dillon is roughly 1.5 hours from Denver, and Grand Lake is roughly 2 to 2.5 hours. Lake Dillon will have more lodging options close by, but Grand Lake is much larger with more hiking opportunities close by. Both are fun but make sure you do research and decide for yourself.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:38 PM
 
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Wow, Candlewood Lake. I remember spending random summer days there with my family and jumping off the cliffs. Good times.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:56 PM
 
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Here are a couple of options that most here (with their mountain-centric views) will not mention:

1. Lake McConaughy in Nebraska (4 hours away in Ogalala, NE).
2. Glendo Reservoir in Wyoming (3 hours away in Glendo, WY).

There are lots of camping options as well as RV sites and cabin rentals.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:55 PM
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For my family, the size of lakes or rivers didn't stop us from finding ways to have fun. I thought it was neat to climb down the rocks at the Pueblo Reservoir and visit the Royal Gorge Bridge, where people white water rafted down the Arkansas River.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:59 AM
 
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Twin Lakes (between Leadville and Buena Vista)
Ruedi Reservoir (near Basalt)
Grand Lake
Dillon Reservoir
Turquoise Lake

Those are some nice "bigger" lakes within a few hours. There are a plethora of smaller quaint lakes.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Here are a couple of options that most here (with their mountain-centric views) will not mention:

1. Lake McConaughy in Nebraska (4 hours away in Ogalala, NE).
2. Glendo Reservoir in Wyoming (3 hours away in Glendo, WY).

There are lots of camping options as well as RV sites and cabin rentals.
Don't forget Guernsey State Park in Wyoming.

Steamboat Lake State Park north of Steamboat Springs is nice as well.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Coming from the Northeast we have several large lakes that are popular vacation areas (lake George NY, Candlewood Lake in CT). Are there any popular lake areas such as these within 5 hours of the Denver area?
Dillon reservoir
Grand Lake
Blue Mesa
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