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Lake: Boyd Lake

Boyd water level to remain low.

Post By: fishman1      Posted: 5/27/2022 2:44:16 PM     Points: 13545    
Water update: Boyd Lake is not scheduled to receive any more water from the irrigation company unless there is substantial precipitation and/or snowmelt from the mountains.

The Main Boat Ramp is open.
The Heron Cove jet ski ramp and HD accessible fishing pier are NOT open due to low water levels.
 Reply by: bhooker      Posted: May. 27, 5:18:27 PM     Points: 6
So with the water level low, how low is it ? Low enough to keep the speed boats and skiers off ? Or, are they crowding to get on the lake ?
 Reply by: fishthumpre      Posted: May. 27, 6:12:08 PM     Points: 4418
I think we've all feared this, as May came and has now nearly gone with no water flowing in. There's no more water coming into Lake Loveland, upstream of Boyd, and none coming out toward Horseshoe Lake, and from there east to Boyd. Boyd islower than it's been in years. Back around 2001 or 2002, as I recall, Boyd's primary boat ramp and the marina were forced to close by early July, and the lake was basically turned into two smaller ponds, with a big mud flat in the middle We're already seeing sandbars popping up everywhere. We've got a number of smaller bodies of water in northern Colorado that are also getting ominously low. If there's no water there's no water, but we'd appreciate any kind of additional information someone can give us.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: May. 27, 8:54:43 PM     Points: 10447
Sounds like that boat stuck out on shore is going to stay stuck.
 Reply by: fishthumpre      Posted: May. 28, 7:07:43 AM     Points: 4418
Afraid Fishman1's right about Boyd the Loveland Reporter-Herald this morning is reporting the lake's down 17 feet, with little hope of more water anytime soon. The campground's full this Memorial Day weekend, but the lake is somewhere around half of capacity.
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: May. 28, 7:08:25 AM     Points: 4734
horseshoe lake is not filling anymore, they stopped it yesterday.
 Reply by: Harley fisher      Posted: May. 28, 8:30:16 AM     Points: 997
Soon the main ramp will have to close. If you try to drive your boat onto your trailer, you have to raise your motor as much as you can and still get water into your pump, or your skag will drag. I had to do this last Wednesday, ( and I have a smaller boat( and soon you will need to depend on your crank because your motor will be an issue at any tilt.
It is not a matter of going further in the water, it just flattens out.
So be careful out there, and protect your boat and motor.
The other issue is how much shore line is being torn up by the larger sport boats. The wave they create is huge, and it may be time to put a size restriction on the lake until it recovers most of its' water. There are lakes on the western slope that have done this as the drought lowered the water level. They have restrictions on motor size that they post during low water periods to protect the shore line, especially during the nesting period of waterfowl and even the bass.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: May. 28, 8:44:24 AM     Points: 1051
I have been reading that the snowpack for the N Platte watershed has been normal. Now it is 85%. The front range gets some water from the west slope. Some of the water comes from the S Platte drainage which is 94% of normal. There seems to be a disconnect between snowpack and available water for Boyd.

So we are concerned about water for the fish. Ag water may be more important to say nothing of domestic and industrial uses.

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 Reply by: Harley fisher      Posted: May. 30, 9:07:09 AM     Points: 997
The wasteful use of water with-in the agriculture community is the most concerning to me. The large rotating water cannons and the flood irrigations systems have almost as much loss to evaporation as they get to the crops. These kinds of systems are mostly not allowed in states like California because of the loss. A large amount of water evaporates before it gets to the ditches that the farmers use, and more is lost in the air as it is sprayed on crops.
We pay a fee to support the conservation and public use of these waters, yet we do not get a refund of the fees if the water is not available for our use.
Fishing does not deplete the water, but still we can face restrictions of access, while the farms continue to use antiquated techniques to water their crops. They need to step up and use more current systems to become a participant in our conservation.
 Reply by: ColoradoRay      Posted: May. 31, 6:34:11 PM     Points: 27663
Bill - this is not good news. The last time I was out there the marina channel had 13 1/2 feet of water in it. Probably 12 days ago. Lake Loveland is almost full but still 2 - 3 feet below the high water mark. And Horseshoe looked to be down around 6 feet. Maybe the recent rains and mountain snow might produce some runoff in the Thompson watershed to go into the lakes.

Harley fisher - you need to do a little more study on water dynamics. And then report back to us what you learned.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: Jun. 1, 7:34:20 AM     Points: 1051
A thorough objective study of water use would be helpful. I have learned that water use in Colorado is very complicated. Water attorneys know this. I have a simple question. The South Platte snowpack has been about average. Why is Boyd Lake not getting water this spring? What has changed? I do know that Boyd gets water from the west slope via tunnels, The Big T River, Lake Loveland, Horseshoe Lake, etc. Is this source less because of Westslope water conditions? There is a lot of water coming down the Big T now, is it less than normal? I am too lazy to do the research.
 Reply by: wetleg      Posted: Jun. 1, 10:31:51 AM     Points: 37
reservoirs like this were built for irrigation. We should be thankful these irrigation companies have leased the surface to Colorado parks for our water recreation.
 Reply by: wetleg      Posted: Jun. 1, 10:34:24 AM     Points: 37
Guess who pays through assessments to get the water there, The company!
 Reply by: Gurnman      Posted: Jun. 1, 11:36:39 AM     Points: 596
Best just to see the writing on the wall and plan accordingly. Drought + more people = not good now and even worse in the future. I dont think we should expect it to get any better in the long run.
 Reply by: ronco      Posted: Jun. 2, 12:41:51 PM     Points: 98
South Platte area has been bumped to 140%, maybe some of the lakes can get filled

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 Reply by: ColoradoRay      Posted: Jun. 2, 10:41:26 PM     Points: 27663
They have been running water into Lake Loveland again. Looks to be 1 foot below the high water mark now so maybe things have changed concerning available runoff.
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: Jun. 4, 8:45:36 PM     Points: 4734
Horseshoe lake is filling again, it started yesterday evening.
 Reply by: robsdad      Posted: Jun. 9, 8:14:16 AM     Points: 123
Driving by the lake on 6-8-22 midday and water was flowing into the Marina from Horseshoe, hopefully a good sign.
 Reply by: tennreb      Posted: Jul. 9, 6:12:03 PM     Points: 20
It bothers me a little that they don't move that pier somewhere else so it can be utilized by the myriad of bank fisherman that pay for park passes as well.
 Reply by: Fisherguyd      Posted: Jul. 26, 4:12:28 PM     Points: 105
Does anybody know how low Boyd Lake is from full
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: Jul. 27, 11:52:42 AM     Points: 4734
it's probably 15 to 20 feet low, but there is water coming in from the east side pump.
 Reply by: Fisherguyd      Posted: Jul. 27, 6:50:08 PM     Points: 105
Thank you for the info
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Jul. 27, 8:09:30 PM     Points: 69269
This sucks for everyone. As a water owner we have been reduced on the amount of water we can use this year on our fields. We own way more water than we need but yet we still can't use it so the farmers are taking just as much of a hit as everyone else. Water rights in Colorado are very old and supersede most everything else. Because we knew ahead of time there was going to be a water shortage we strictly grew Alfalfa this year and skipped corn. Many people that we know did the same thing. The farmers are trying to do their best with the shortage also.

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