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Sweitzer Lake State Park was built and is maintained for your enjoyment. In the interest of safety and for the preservation of your park, please observe the following regulations: Wildlife And Hunting • Place trash in the receptacles provided. A wide variety of small mammals live around Sweitzer Lake. Visitors can view mule deer, rabbits, raccoons, mink, muskrat and pheasant. The lake provides a haven for many native ducks, migratory waterfowl, pelicans, swans, eagles and much more. • Keep your vehicle on designated roads or in parking lots. Off-road driving can damage the resources and wildlife habitat. Hunting within the park’s boundaries is controlled. Information on seasons and regulations is available from the park office, which can be reached at (970) 874-4258. • Keep your pet on a leash no longer than six feet to avoid accidents with vehicles and wildlife. • Use fire grills or rings provided and make sure your fire is completely out before you leave. This will eliminate destruction to the environment. • Report any problems to a park ranger. For Colorado’s senior citizens 64 and older, Colorado Parks & Wildlife offers the Aspen Leaf annual pass, which allows admission to all state parks every day. Persons accompanying the Aspen Leaf pass holder in the same vehicle are admitted free. Fishing Sweitzer Lake, generally considered a good fishing spot for youngsters, contains channel catfish, blue catfish, bluegill and carp. Fish in this lake contain selenium and are not edible. CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY. Water Sports Water-skiing, swimming and scuba diving are popular. Swimming is permitted in the swim area only. Swim beach attendants are not on duty at the swim area. Picnicking Picnicking is Sweitzer Lake’s primary visitor activity and offers many sites with shelter and a lake view. Boating Boaters at Sweitzer Lake State Park are subject to Colorado Boating Statutes and Regulations. Brochures are available at the entrance station and park headquarters. ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS Location I-70 Paonia GRAND JUNCTION . 92 COLO Delta Crawford Sweitzer Lake State Park MONTROSE 0 U.S. 5 Miramonte Colorado Disabled Veterans (DV) displaying Colorado disabled veteran license plates are admitted free without a pass. Power boating, sailing and canoeing are popular. A boat ramp is located at the west end of the lake near the dam. Sweitzer Lake State Park 0 Visitors to Sweitzer Lake are required to display a current Colorado State Parks pass on their vehicle windshield. Two types of passes are available. A daily pass is valid from the day purchased until noon the following day. An annual pass is valid at any Colorado State Park. For annual pass holders who own more than one car, multiple passes are available for an additional fee. C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E First aid can be obtained at the park headquarters or from any park ranger. S.5 U. Passes, Permits, Fees First Aid U.S. 550 Help Protect your Park Community Facilities Delta, two miles from Sweitzer Lake, offers all medical, commercial and religious facilities. Sweitzer Lake State Park 1735 E Road • Delta, CO 81416 (970) 874-4258 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org cpw.state.co.us Accessibility There is an accessible restroom and picnic site near the park headquarters. Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado through Colorado Lottery proceeds. CPW_RMSW_.3/17 cpw.state.co.us Sweitzer Lake State Park W ell-known as a fine boating and water sports area, Sweitzer Lake State Park welcomes several thousand visitors annually, many from the surrounding Delta/ Montrose area. Wakeless SKI COUNTER–CLOCKWISE With land donated in 1953 by the Morgan Sweitzer family to what is now Colorado Parks & Wildlife, man-made Sweitzer Lake was built for the sole purpose of recreation. Since 1972, the area, with its 137 surface-acre lake and 73 land acres, has been administered by Colorado Parks & Wildlife. PARK ENTRANCE ROAD (TO U.S. 50 1/2 MILE) LEGEND Boat Ramp Park Office Dam Restrooms Group Picnic Area Showers Parking Swim Beach Foot Trail Coined the “oasis on the edge of the desert,” Sweitzer Lake has become a bird sighting area and a waterfowl observation site by the Audubon Society. About 179 species of birds have been spotted in the area. In the distance, the majestic San Juan Mountains, the Uncompahgre Plateau and Grand Mesa–the largest flattop mountain in the world–encompass Sweitzer Lake. The western edge of the West Elk Mountain Range near Crawford can be seen from the picnic area on the west side of the lake, where the environment has been altered with shade trees and grass. A day-use area with no overnight camping, Sweitzer Lake offers picnicking, swimming, sightseeing, boating and fishing. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. between October 1 and May 1, and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from May 1 to September 30.