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Boat ramps at Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake will only be partially open

Larimer County
Due to a hiring shortage of Aquatic Nuisance Species inspectors, boat ramps at Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake in Larimer County will be partially open this May. Visitors should expect a wait when entering or exiting the water. Beginning May 1, the following new hours are in effect:

Horsetooth Reservoir:
South Bay ramp: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. every day
Inlet Bay ramp: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. every day
Satanka: CLOSED

Carter Lake:
North Pines ramp, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. every day
South Shore: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday ONLY
North Ramp Marina: CLOSED

Ramps hours may be extended mid-May based on continued hiring. Also, ramps may be closed for poor weather conditions, water level, or staffing constraints.

"A lack of seasonal staff is impacting our ability to open all six ramps on May 1," said Dan Rieves, Horsetooth Reservoir District Manager. "We are working diligently to fill the gaps, and we ask the community for their patience as they arrive for a day on the water."

Both reservoirs frequently reach capacity during the week and on weekends, especially during the summer. To avoid waiting, visitors are encouraged to come early or late (before 9 a.m./after 4 p.m.), check parking webcams before arrival, and have a plan B in mind if parking is full.

Several seasonal positions are available in the Department of Natural Resources at: [log in for link]

Additionally, visitors should note Satanka Bay cove at Horsetooth Reservoir converts to a non-motorized use zone (paddlecraft only) from May 27 through September 5.

For the up-to-date schedule of boat ramp hours, visit [log in for link] For viewing parking lot webcams, visit
Member comments
by: reddave on 5/3/2022 6:31:00 AM
Boat registration seems to keep going up while lake/ramp access continues to go down. I personally have had it with registrations, boat ramp idiots, and half-assed ANS inspections. Boat a Hobie and selling the Tracker...
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