Ice Fishing Contests in Grand Lake, Colorado …..

Do you love ice fishing? Have you ever fished Lake Granby or Grand Lake? Ice fishing is a very popular activity in the Three Lakes area every weekend of the winter. Expect to always see gatherings of warmly dressed figures out on the ice every day. Success stories are shared on facebook all the time, and attract the interest of fishermen country wide.

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Our area is great for beginners too. If you want some guidance or need to rent your equipment, contact Rocky Mountain Outfitters right here in Grand Lake. They will share their love of ice-fishing with you as well as their skills and tips. We have two ice-fishing contests coming up in the next 2 months and all skill levels are welcome. Try your hand at it!

The Rapids Lodge is a great place to stay for these occasions, especially for the Grand Lake contest where you can walk just 2 very short blocks down to the ice. We have condos and suites that accommodate 3 fishing buddies or more very comfortably. Your dogs are welcome in Rapids Suites 1+2+3+4. Follow up a day on the ice with a great meal at the Rapids Restaurant, next to the fire and overlooking the frozen Tonahutu Creek.

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The 28th Annual 3 Lake Ice Fishing Tournament: January 29th, 30th and 31st, 2016
Fish one, two or all three days. Win cash and prizes. Over $15,000 in cash prizes will be awarded! Cash prizes to 8th place in four categories and a “Big Fish” drawing category. Over $3000 in products will be given away. Your entry fee includes a commemorative hat and one entry in a prize drawing. $35 for one day, $45 for two days, only $50 for all three days! Sunday’s Tournament now ends at 11 am and prize money will be smaller.

There will be 8 tagged fish released into Lake Granby. Each is worth $1000! Register with Rocky Mountain Outfitters.Contact the Granby Chamber of Commerce for more information: 970-887-2311

5th Annual Grand Lake Catch & Release Ice Fishing Contest
on Colorado’s largest natural lake March 5th & 6th.
Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Lake Trout, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout.
$40 entry fee, kids under 14 yrs FREE. Along with the contest, there will be a Friday Night Welcome Party and “A Fisherman’s Feast” on Saturday after the contest with food and door prizes. For more information call: (970) 798-8021 and register at www.rkymtnoutfitters.com

Fun & Winter Lodging in Grand Lake

Get ready for Winter Fun!

Good snow fell in early November and coated everything in beautiful white! The lakes are still open if you want to get your last minute fishing in! There is so much to look forward to this winter. Staff holiday Parties, a white Christmas, a festive New Year’s Eve and much more. Be sure to check out our New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu on our Dinner menu page (scroll all the way down to the bottom).

See the calendar below (compliments of the Grand Lake Chamber) and start planning your adventure!

Grand Lake, Colorado Winter

Dec 5: 5 PM: Mountain Magic-Holiday Shopping & Dining Experience. Shops open late.

Dec 6: Grand Chorale @ Community House

Dec 8: Colorado gives day: grand lake historical society

Dec 12: Locals Free Ski Day @ Nordic Center

Dec 12: Rocky Mountain Christmas w/ Juliet @ Community House(6-8pm)

Dec 18:RMRT Free Family Movie Night (6:00pm)

Dec 19: RMRT Home for the Holidays Performance (7:30pm)

Dec 20: RMRT Home for the Holidays Performance (2:00pm)

Dec 20: GLNC-Free Ski Lessons by Grand Nordic Club (pre-register)

Dec 24: Christmas Eve dinner at the Rapids Restaurant?

Dec 25: Merry Christmas (Rapids Restaurant closed Christmas Day)

Dec 26: Holiday Celebration-Kauffman House Museum (6-9pm)

Dec 26: Full Moon Ski @ Grand Lake Nordic Center (5-9pm)

Dec 26-27: Kauffman Museum Open (1-4pm)

Dec 26-31: 8PM: Holiday Melodrama @ Grand Lake Community House

Dec 31:Kauffman Museum Open (10PM-Midnight)

Dec 31: Dinner at the Rapids Restaurant? Midnight Fireworks over Grand Lake

Jan 18: Martin Luther King – 3 day weekend!

Jan 23: Grand Lake Winter Carnival

Jan 23: Vintage Snowmobile Races on Grand Lake

Jan 23: Grand Lake Nordic Center-Full Moon Ski (5-9pm)

Jan 30-31: 28th Annual “3 Lakes Ice Fishing Contest” For info, call: 970-887-2311

Feb 14: Happy Valentine’s Day! Grand Lake Nordic Center-Valentine Ski 2-for-1 passes

Feb 12+13+14+15 – 3 – day President’s Day Weekend

Feb 20: Full Moon Ski @ Grand Lake Nordic Center (5-9pm)

Feb 21: Romp &  Stomp Grand County Pet Pals Fundraiser-GLNC

March 5-6: Grand Lake 5th Annual “Catch & Release” Ice Fishing Contest. Call: 970-798-8021

Mar 19: Full Moon Ski @ Grand Lake Nordic Center (5-9pm)

March 21: Kauffman Museum Open (1-4pm)

Winter Events in Grand Lake There will be lots more going on too. Check out the Trailblazers for Club Snowmobiling Activities, Poker Runs and more. Don’t forget our usual entertainment…. Ice-fishing Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain and Lake Granby, sleigh rides at Winding River Resort, soaking at Hot Sulphur Springs, Ice-Skating on Grand Lake’s free ice rink, winter hot air ballooning and more.

So don’t wait, make your plans today and don’t miss out on winter fun! Looking for Winter Lodging in Grand Lake, Colorado? Contact us! The Rapids Lodge has amazing Winter Lodging Deals – stay as low as $60 per night for 2 people and as low as $89 for up to 6 people! Some of these are pet-friendly too! Book online at the Rapids Today!

February Adventure Grand Lake

Feeling stuck in a mid-winter slump? You are in need of a February Adventure!

With fresh snow and more on the way, Grand Lake is dressed to impress! So take this opportunity to come visit us at the Historic Rapids Lodge for your February Adventure! Rates start at $60 a night and there’s a ton to see and do here!  With the days getting longer (and warmer), February is the perfect time to visit.

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This weekend is the Trail Blazers Snowmobile Poker Run Fundraiser for Right to Ride Fund and Flight for Life. Everyone is welcome to participate so bring your own sled or rent one. You’ll be glad you did when you’re enjoying our fabulous groomed trails and astounding vistas!

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Ice Fishing

The lake is still frozen, and Grand Lake is home to some of the largest trout in the West! If you’ve always wondered about ice fishing, stop wondering and come give it a try! We can set you up with a guide, or direct you to all the good spots.

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Photo Credit: The Grand County Historic Society

History

If you’re a history buff, we recommend checking out the historic Kauffman House Museum. The Kauffman House Museum was the first hotel in Grand Lake and will be open this coming weekend. Entering the museum is like stepping back in time. While you walk through each of the tiny rooms, you’ll see period dress, furniture, and everyday utensils from the late 1800’s. The historical display of Grand County is fascinating and features the history of Grand County all the way back to when the Utes were attacked on the shores of Grand Lake, and their wives and children who were sent out on rafts to stay safe, capsized and perished in a storm. Since then the lake has been known as, “Spirit Lake.”

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Nordic Skiing

Looking to add Nordic skiing to your February Adventure? On February 28th the Grand Lake Nordic Center will be holding the Foxy Freestyle Nordic Race benefiting the National Center for the Disabled. With food and prizes it is sure to be fun for the whole family! The Grand Lake Nordic Center miles of groomed trails for you to use at your leisure, snowshoeing, rentals, a kid’s tubing hill, an more.

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Grand Lake is just minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. With warmer days, animals are beginning to move around and migratory birds have started returning to the Rockies. Visit the National Park and keep your eyes peeled for elk, moose, fox, eagles, bighorn sheep, and other amazing animals. Don’t forget your camera!

We hope to see you soon for your February Adventure! Book your room today and select the hotel special offer rate!

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Winter Holiday Weekends at The Rapids …

Spend holiday weekends at The Rapids this winter! The first public holiday is Martin Luther King Day Weekend (Jan 16+17+18+19) followed by a double celebration for Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day Weekend in February (Feb 13+14+15+16). The Rapids Restaurant has been voted the most Romantic Restaurant in Grand County in the “Best of Grand County” publication by the Sky-Hi News in 2014.

What a great opportunity to take an extended break and play in the snowy mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park. We have great Holiday Weekend Lodging Specials.

Colorado winters bring lots of snow, ideal for winter sports like cross country skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling. There are miles of groomed snowmobiling trails and the Grand Lake Trailgroomers website will keep you up to date on conditions. Grand Lake is Colorado’s snowmobiling capital and you can ride right from your room to the trail, even along the main street where all the shops are located.

Colorado weather also brings lots of sunshine and the dry air means it doesn’t feel as cold as the East Coast or Central Plains. T-shirt days in the sunshine are possible. Don’t forget there are hot springs, ice fishing on the three lakes, ice-skating, winter hot air balloon rides, sleigh rides, dog sled rides and all that Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer.

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For a unique lodging experience including cabins, condos, and motels in Grand Lake, we invite you to stay with us at the Rapids Lodge – “Grand Lake’s Hidden Gem!”

To contact the Rapids Lodge, call 970.627.3707.

Ice Fishing in Grand Lake, Colorado

Next weekend is the exciting 3 Lakes Ice Fishing Contest, January 24th-26th. If you love fishing, this tournament is for you. The weather is forecast to be quite comfortable which will make sitting out on the ice a special experience. Surrounded by high mountains and the Continental Divide, the scenery is stunning. Follow up your day at the hsitoric and cozy Rapids Restaurant!

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Every day is a separate tournament. Entries are $35 for one day, $45 for two days, and $50 for all THREE days. Entries include an official tournament hat AND a raffle entry.  $6,000 in cash prizes each day! One raffle ticket is included with your entry (additional tickets are $10 each).

Email the Granby Chamber at [email protected]  for your entry form (see website for rules). Last minute entries can be made at Grand Lake’s Rocky Mountain Outfitters (970) 798-8021 and they can also provide you with equipment. Rent a snowmobile at On The Trail Rentals.

Looking for a place to stay?  The Rapids Lodge has the perfect Lodging option for you. Bring your dog and stay in a Rapids Suite that sleeps 2-7 people, Bring your buddies/family and stay in a River View or Rapids Condo (2-8 people), or bring your partner and enjoy a romantic Lodge Guest Room. Check our Specials Page for details on “Stay one night, Get one Free”.

Mark your calendars: “Hotel Impossible Grand Lake” re-airs on the Travel Channel from 1-2pm on January 27th. The crew stayed at the Rapids Lodge and the shows gives a great winter overview of the Grand Lake area.

The Grand Lake Winter Carnival: Saturday February 1st. The 2014 theme is “Stars of Music”. Visit the Grand Lake Chamber page (https://grandlakechamber.com/wintercarnvial) for more information. This day is full of activities for the whole family. Don’t miss it. Check our Specials Page to make sure you get a great lodging deal!

The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant
P. O. Box 1400 / 209 Rapids Lane
Grand Lake
CO, 80447
USA
970-627-3707
[email protected]