Lake Granby, the largest lake in the state, is a popular spot for outdoor activities like boating, fishing, and camping. It spans 7,000 acres, reaches a depth of 125 feet, and offers stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. Commercial boating here is regulated by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, requiring operators to have permits. GetMyBoat operators must follow all local guidelines, including registrations, permits, and using the right areas for their activities. We've gathered essential information for boating on Lake Granby to help you stay compliant.

USCG License & Inspection :

All commercial vessels operating on Lake Granby must possess a valid license issued by the US Coast Guard. Boats with a capacity of 6 or fewer passengers necessitate a Captain's license designed for 6 passengers or fewer, commonly referred to as a 6-pack license. Conversely, boats accommodating more than 6 passengers necessitate a Master's Captain's license. Each captain bears full responsibility for the safe operation of the charter boat and the welfare of all passengers and crew members. For more information check out our partner, Mariners Learning System.

The USCG mandates that commercial vessels undergo an inspection and certification process. This procedure involves examining the safety equipment on board the vessel and assessing the qualifications of the operator. More information can be found on the USCG website.


In order to run a for-hire vessel on Lake Granby, all operators must possess the necessary commercial insurance. For additional details, please get in touch with BCI, the insurance partner affiliated with GetMyBoat. BCI.


In order to lawfully navigate a boat within Lake Granby, it is essential to have it registered, and you must have a copy of the up-to-date registration with you at all times. This obligation is applicable to both motorized and sailboats when operating. For additional information regarding registration, please visit the please visit the CPW website.

Special-use Permit:

The United States Forest Service (USFS) requires commercial boat operators must obtain a special use permit in order to use certain areas of the lake, such as marinas and boat ramps. Contact he

USFS for more information (970) 465-2300

Commercial Boat Operator Permit:

In Colorado, individuals who operate boats for hire on public waters must secure a permit from the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW). This mandate is applicable to commercial boat operators in the state.Commercial boat operator permits are valid for one year and must renew by paying the renewal fee.For additional details regarding commercial boat operator permits and regulations in Colorado, we encourage you to explore the CPW website.

Aquatic Nuisance Species(ANS) Stamp/Inspection:

When Colorado residents register their boats, they are mandated to acquire the ANS Stamp and must keep evidence of purchase with them while operating the vessel. Furthermore, prior to entering Lake Granby, all boats are required to undergo an ANS inspection. For additional information, please check here.

Boater Safety Certificate:

The Boating Safety Certificate serves as evidence that you have successfully finished an accredited boater safety course. If you are 16 years of age or older, this certificate authorizes you to operate motorboats, personal watercraft (PWC), or sailboats in Colorado. It is important to keep this card on your vessel and present it to law enforcement when necessary. For additional details, please go to Boat-Ed

Passenger Pick Up/ Drop Off:

Many locations offer designated passenger zones for boat rentals, ensuring convenient drop-offs and pickups. Before confirming your plans, it's crucial to review the pickup and drop-off guidelines with the marina or dock.

  • Indian Peaks Marina: Located at 6862 US-34, Granby, CO 80446
  • Highland Marina LLC: Located at 7878 US-34, Granby, CO 80446
  • Sunset Point Boating Site: Located at Arapaho National Recreation Area, Granby, CO 80446

Additional Information:

  • For hire boats must operate within designated areas of the lake and must comply with all posted speed limits and noise ordinances.
  • Commercial boat operators must not discharge any sewage or other pollutants into the lake.
  • Boats must operate at least 200 feet away from the shoreline, except when landing or departing passengers.
  • Boat operators must comply with all boat capacity limits established by CPW.
  • Commercial boats must display a CPW Commercial Use Permit sticker.
  • All vessels must be equipped with all required safety equipment, such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, and first-aid kits.
  • CPW registration is required for commercial vessels.
  • All CPW regulations and applicable USCG rules must be followed by commercial passenger boats.
  • Commercial fishing boats must possess a valid CPW Commercial Fishing License.

For more information on Lake Granby commercial boat regulations, please contact CPW at (970) 641-7060 or the USCG at (970) 247-4655.