Q: What are we fishing for on a typical guided fishing trip?
A: Lake Trout (also known as mackinaw), rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon.
Q: Do I need a license?
A: Yes. All guided fishing trip participants must have a valid Colorado fishing license. If you don't have one, we sell them in our store.
Q: Do I need to bring my fishing rod on a guided trip?
A: No. You can if you want to, but your guide provides all fishing equipment, rods, bait and tackle.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Dress in layers with a waterproof jacket. It may start out cold in the morning, and then warm up quickly. You also want to have sunglasses, sunscreen, and a camera. Optional: drinks or snacks.
Q: Can I keep what I catch on a guided fishing trip?
A: Yes, within limits. But if you're lucky enough to catch a big lake trout, we'll take pictures and quickly return it to the lake.
Q:. Are you licensed?
A: Yes. Guides and outfitters are licensed in the state of Colorado. Our license number is 1721.
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Q: Where can I launch my boat?
A: There are two public launch ramps, located at Stillwater on the west side of the lake on Hwy 34, and Sunset Point on County Road 6. The launch ramp at Arapaho Bay campground has been closed. Launch ramps are open only when inspectors are on duty; currently 6 am to 8 pm. Gates are closed and locked after 8 pm.
Q: Do I have to have my boat inspected?
A: Yes. Colorado Parks and Wildlife conducts inspections for zebra mussels, quagga mussels, and other aquatic invasive species. There are inspection stations at Sunset Point and Stillwater ramps; operating hours are 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. Gates are closed and no boat launching is permitted when an inspector is not present.
Q: What's the big concrete building just to the west of the marina?
A: That is the Farr Pumping Plant.
Part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project and operated by Northern Colorado Water, it pumps water from Lake Granby up to the Granby Pump Canal and into Shadow Mountain Reservoir. Water then flows backwards into Grand Lake and is pumped through the Adams Tunnel into the Big Thompson River near Estes Park.
Q: I drove past a sign that said something about paying a fee and displaying a pass on my dashboard. What's that all about?
A: Lake Granby is in the Arapaho National Recreation Area, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The ANRA includes Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, Willow Creek Reservoir, and Monarch Lake. The ANRA is a federal fee area, so the Forest Service requires you to pay an access fee.
You can purchase a day pass at one of the self serve kiosks located at Cutthroat Bay, Stillwater, Sunset Point, or Green Ridge. You can purchase an annual pass at the Forest Service visitor center in Granby.
Q: Do I need to purchase an access pass to rent a boat or come to the marina?
A: No. You do not need to purchase a pass to visit the marina or rent a boat from us, as we pay fees to the Forest Service for you.
Q: I've never driven a boat before. What do I need to know?
A: Pontoon boats are relatively easy to operate. We will go through the boat, demonstrate, and answer any questions that you have. We will make sure you are completely comfortable with the boat and its operation before we let you leave the dock.
Q: I would still rather not drive. Can you do it for me?
A: Yes. We can provide a captain at an hourly rate, but we require a reservation.
Q: How old do I have to be to rent or drive a boat?
A: 21 to rent a boat; 18 to drive the boat if the person who rented the boat is with you.
Q: Do I need a special license to drive your rental boats?
A: No. But you do need to be able to understand operational and safety instructions given in English.
Q: Do you have any wheelchair accessible boats?
A: Yes. We're happy to take your reservation.
Q: Can we bring a cooler?
A: Yes. You may bring food, drinks, and coolers on the boat. Keep in mind that each rental boat has a strict weight limit, and we won't allow the boat to be overloaded. If you bring an excessive amount of gear, you may be asked to leave something (or someone) on the dock.
Q: Can we bring a grill or stove on the boat?
Q: Can we pull a tube/skier/float with the boat?
A: NO. You cannot tow anyone or anything with our rental boats.
Q: Can we get to Grand Lake from there?
A: Yes, in your car, but not by boat. Lake Granby is not connected by navigable water to any other lake.
Q: Can we see the fireworks from Lake Granby?
A: No. The fireworks are over Grand Lake, which is 5 miles north of our location.
Q: Can we swim in the lake?
A: Yes. There is no swim beach on Lake Granby, but you can swim in the lake. Keep in mind that the lake is colder than you would expect, and we recommend wearing a PFD. Our rental pontoons are equipped with boarding ladders for swimming.
Q: Do we need life jackets?
A: We provide life jackets, or Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) for everyone on our rental boat, including infants and children. Children under 13 years old must wear their life jacket at all times while on board. Adults are not required to wear them, but we do recommend it. And we highly recommend wearing a PFD if you are swimming. If you bring your own life jackets for yourself or your children, we will inspect them to make sure that they are Coast Guard approved andmeet the requirements.