Sweitzer Lake State Park

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Sweitzer Lake State Park


(970) 874-4258

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It started out as a community dream. This lake based retreat for the Western Slope provides day-use nature, picnic and water recreation. Located just south of Delta on Highway 50 is Sweitzer Lake State Park. Built primarily for recreation and managed by Colorado State Parks, the park encompasses a 137 surface acre reservoir. Coined the ''oasis on the edge of the desert',' Sweitzer has become a popular bird sighting area and a waterfowlobservation site. More than 170 species of birds have been spotted at this area. Sweitzer Lake is home to waterfowl, fox, pheasants, rabbits, shore birds, deer, raccoon, Gambel's quail, raccoon. A day-use area with no overnight camping, Sweitzer Lake offers sightseeing, picnicking, swimming, boating, water-skiing, fishing and small game hunting. Complete Morgan Sweitzer's community vision; come play at the park.

Map of Sweitzer Lake (CO)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.711816, -108.040250



  • Boating

    Power boating, sailing, jet-skiing and canoeing are popular activities at Sweitzer Lake. A boat ramp is located at the west end of the lake near the dam. Visitors also enjoy water skiing, swimming and scuba diving. Swimming is permitted in the swim area or from boats (as per regulations). Swim beach attendants are not on duty at the swim area. Boaters are subject to Colorado boating statutes and regulations.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking on gravel or dirt roads.

  • Fishing

    Sweitzer Lake is considered a good fishing spot for youngsters with catfish, bluegill, green sunfish, and carp. CAUTION: fish in this lake contain selenium and are not edible.

  • Hiking

    A 1 1/2 mile trail perfect for walking circles the lake on dirt and gravel roads.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is allowed except in designated picnic areas, and swim beach.

  • Hunting

    Shotgun hunting is allowed but controlled within the park's boundaries. Waterfowl hunting is permitted on weekends, Wednesdays and legal holidays only. Information on seasons and regulations is available from the park headquarters or check the Colorado Division of Wildlife's hunting guide.

  • Picnicking

    Having a nice picnic is Sweitzer Lake's primary visitor activity. Sweitzer Lake offers many sites with shelter, a fire ring and a nice view of the lake.

  • Water Sports

    Sailboarding, swimming, and water skiing are popular activities during summer months. Boats must go counter-clockwise direction around the ski buoys in middle of the lake.

  • Winter Sports

    Ice is usually considered unsafe at this lake. Please call the park office for weather conditions. Before going out onto a frozen lake, pond or river, it's important to take safety precautions to reduce the risk of falling through the ice. Knowing how to judge ice conditions will also help you make more informed decisions while enjoying winter activities.


Park open year-round, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.



Sweitzer is located one mile south of Delta on U.S. 50. Follow the signes turning east on E. Road.


Closest airport is in Denver, CO.

Phone Numbers


(970) 874-4258