Jackson Lake is ranked one of the "Top 15 Park Beaches" by Reserve America. This park is an "Oasis in the Plains," for swimming, boating, fishing and waterskiing. Birders and hunters flock here because of the parks location in the Central Flyway for migratory birds. The landscape around Jackson Lake is covered by Pleistocene and recent eolian sand and silt, deposited as dunes, blown from the South Platte River basin. Sand hills rest on shales of Upper Cretaceous Pierre Formation, which outcrop north of the park boundary. This area is also rich in history. Native American Indians inhabited the land before the Jackson Reservoir was built in 1902.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado's 43 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities.