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New Annual Entrance Permit Structure for Larimer County's Parks and Open Spaces Begins in 2013
7/12/2012
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Larimer County Parks
The Larimer County Department of Natural Resources announces a new annual vehicle permit and new annual boating permit structure for 2013. Entrance/use permits are required for Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter Lake, Flatiron Reservoir, Pinewood Reservoir, Ramsay-Shockey Open Space, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, and Hermit Park Open Space.

The new annual entrance permits will be valid for an entire year from month of purchase, and will be transferable among vehicles within the same household. There will be two types of permits: a vehicle permit, and a vehicle-boat combination permit. The vehicle-boat combination permit applies to a vehicle pulling trailered water vessels regardless of the number of vessels on the trailer. There are not separate permit requirements for more than one vessel on a trailer, e.g., two jet skis on one trailer. Non-trailered, non-motorized, non-registered vessels such as canoes and kayaks will not require permits. These new permits will be available for purchase in December, 2012, for the year starting January, 2013.

Annual vehicle permits will cost $75.00 each for Larimer County residents, $95 each to out-of-county visitors, $45 each for seniors 65 and over (regardless of residency), or $10 each for disabled persons.

Annual vehicle-boat combination permits will cost $150 each for Larimer County residents, $190 each to out-of-county visitors, $120 each for seniors 65 and over (regardless of residency), or $85 each for disabled persons.

The current annual vehicle permit and annual boat permit are not transferable among vehicles, and are valid only for the calendar year, no matter when a permit is purchased. The current cost is $65 each for a Larimer County resident and $85 each for a non-resident. In early 2012, the department conducted an online survey where citizens could answer questions pertaining to the current fee structure. The majority of citizens answered in favor of an annual vehicle permit and annual boat permit that were both transferable and also valid from the date of purchase for an entire year. The Parks Advisory Board recommended approval of the new permits at its May, 2012, meeting and the after a public hearing in June, the Board of County Commissioners approved the change.