The end of summer is quickly drawing near, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to enjoy Northern Colorado’s beautiful lakes and reservoirs! Whether you’re looking to cool off and dive into the refreshing waters or you’d prefer to go fishing, boating or simply take in the view, there are several options near in Northern Colorado to choose from.
Grab your suits and sunscreen, and check out these top lakes and reservoirs:
Just about an hours’ drive from Fort Collins, Boulder Reservoir is certainly worth the trip. From its massive size to endless options for recreation, it’s a perfect day trip for the whole family. The swim beach at the reservoir is one of the largest swimming beaches in all of Colorado– which even comes with a seasonal lifeguard– and there is a shallow, roped off area that is perfect for kids.
Horsetooth Reservoir is the most well-known body of water in Fort Collins due to its proximity to the city and secluded setting. There are over six miles of water where you can enjoy fishing, camping, picnicking, water skiing and even scuba diving, with a total shoreline of 25 miles. Horsetooth is extremely popular with local fisherman to catch walleye, small and largemouth bass, all species of trout, and panfish.
The center of activity for all of Loveland’s locals and visitors is Lake Loveland. The lake provides an extraordinary visual of Rocky Mountain sunsets from its banks. North Lake Park is a common place to gather at Lake Loveland with a swim beach, a train, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, a picnic area and an amphitheater.
Windsor Lake is surrounded by a 2.25-mile trail, which is perfect for walking, running and biking, or you can take in the beauty of the lake from within by boat. There is a swim beach as well as a dog park located on the north side of the lake, and the Rocky Mountains make for a picturesque backdrop.
Jackson Lake State Park
Jackson Lake State Park is located approximately 45 miles west of Greeley. The lake features 2,700 acres of surface water, and its shallows warm up quickly in the summer. Swimming is allowed on the west and south shores, and there is a plethora of other outdoor activities to enjoy like boating, sail boating, fishing, jet and water skiing, camping, hiking, picnicking, hunting and bird watching.
Grand Lake is Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake, with over 60 miles of surface water length. The lake’s waters flow out of Rocky Mountain National Park, which surrounds the lake on three sides. There is public swimming and other water activities such as boating, canoeing and more. Its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Mark also allows for many other recreational activities such as hiking, biking, camping and horseback riding.
Carter Lake Reservoir
Located between Loveland and Berthoud, Carter Lake is a beautiful reservoir surrounded by 1,000 acres of public lands. Visitors love Cater Lake for fishing, sailing, water skiing, swimming and even scuba diving.
Lake Estes has a full-service marina where you can find everything you need to enjoy the lake to the fullest with boat rentals including paddle boats, single and double kayaks, canoes, fishing boats and several pontoon boats. You can also enjoy the lake from the shores by renting a bicycle or have a picnic in the open air pavilion.
Whichever lake or reservoir you choose, you won’t be disappointed. Get out there and enjoy some of Colorado’s best summer activities because winter will be here before we know it!