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New Boating Hours and Vessel Inspections at Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake
Larimer County Press Release CONTACT: Dan Rieves, Visitor Services Manager, Department of Natural Resources (970) 679-4555
Effective April 15, 2009, the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, in order to comply with State of Colorado Aquatic Nuisance Species Regulations, will institute boating hours and vessel inspections at Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake.

The Department is required to inspect every vessel entering Carter Lake and Horsetooth Reservoir. In order to do that, boating access in 2009 will be regulated as below. No boat launching is permitted outside of these hours however, boats already on the reservoirs may continue operation.

Boating Hours
Prior to April 15, 2009: no inspections required
April 15 - September 30, 2009: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m., 7 days a week
October 1 - October 31, 2009: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
November 1 - February 28, 2010: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. and Noon - 1 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays as weather and ice conditions allow.

For further information about Carter Lake and Horsetooth Reservoir only, please go to:

For information about requirements at parks managed by Colorado State Parks (Boyd Lake, etc.), please go to:

For information about aquatic nuisance species from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, please go to