Long Lake is an easily accessible resource that boasts a myriad of recreational opportunities just north of the Town of Crested Butte. These activities include hiking, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, and other water-based fun for the whole family. The Crested Butte Land Trust is proud to help manage access to Long Lake for all to enjoy. As you enjoy this community treasure, please keep in mind that it is still private open space bordering private property, and the northern half of the lake remains entirely on private property. Please respect your neighbors, fellow recreationalists, and the area surrounding the lake to ensure it will remain available for all to enjoy for generations to come.
Long Lake has a long history as one of Crested Butte’s most popular recreational areas. In 2020, the Crested Butte Land Trust completed a land exchange that ensured the community’s favorite swimming hole would be protected forever. In 2022, the Land Trust partnered with Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association and Adaptive Sports Center to build the Lilli Trail, a hand-cycle friendly loop trail along the north shore of the lake. Caring for this local treasure is an on-going process that includes a long-term management plan for the lake. The Land Trust is fortunate to have the collaboration of neighboring landowners to help us provide public access to this unique haven, but we also need support from the community to be good stewards of the land and help amplify our message.
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