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Lake: Horsetooth Reservoir

Horsetooth's Satanka Cove open to boats this spring

Post By: fishthumpre      Posted: 1/25/2022 6:37:11 PM     Points: 4466    
I just sat in on Larimer County Natural Resources' online meeting to discuss the Horsetooth Reservoir Satanka Cove efforts to reduce angler/paddleboard conflicts. The cove so popular with both paddleboarders and fishermen has been closed to motorized boats since last summer, but Larimer County has decided to reopen it until the start of the summer season.

The county will also be launching a "paddler volunteer program" to educate lake users on safety.

At the community forum Tuesday to discuss management of the reservoir, Dan Rieves, Horsetooth District Manager, emphasized that people are also free to fish Satanka year-round they'll just have to do it from shore or a non-motorized vessel like a kayak during the summer.

No other restrictions are planned elsewhere on the lake, and the county has set up a social media site for continued Q&A. Among other things, the county will not be introducing a timed-entry system similar to ones at Rocky Mountain National Park and Mount Evans. About two-thirds of people responding to the community survey were opposed to the idea, meant to reduce crowding and user conflicts.

You can access that and other information about the reservoir forum by going here: [log in for link]
 Reply by: Ryan      Posted: 1/26/2022 7:29:47 PM     Points: 2632
They still need to fix the fee structure. Boaters get charged for the boat and the vehicle they come in on. There should be a fee for the SUP. Especially when they quadrant off a part of the lake for their use.
 Reply by: ozzy      Posted: 1/27/2022 8:46:07 AM     Points: 6681
I disagree about the fee for paddlers, SUPs, etc..If you have a craft that is not prone to inspection, I think the $10 fee to get into the park is quite enough.
 Reply by: walleyeshark      Posted: 1/27/2022 2:57:51 PM     Points: 199
Just curious as to the date of the "SUMMER" season is to Larimer County. No date has been given. I guess it's at their whim and of course they have all of the data to have a specific date in mind. No? At least they are making some changes to benefit the boaters who pay for the use of the lake, or portions of it anyways. We shall see what happens....
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