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Horsetooth Reservoir Placed 3rd on List of America's Best Lakes

Larimer County News Release
LOVELAND, Colo. Horsetooth Reservoir took third place on a list of America's Best Lakes published by the popular social media platform Foursquare.

Foursquare allows users to virtually "check in" at locations via their mobile devices and provide reviews and rankings of these places. Horsetooth Reservoir has received a score of 9.5 out of 10. This score puts Horsetooth Reservoir third on Foursquare's list of America's Best Lakes, behind only Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minn., and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in New York, N.Y., which both scored 9.6. (Horsetooth Reservoir has since earned a score of 9.6 since the list of America's Best Lakes was first published earlier this year.)

"Placing third on this list is an indication that visitors really enjoy Horsetooth Reservoir," said Gary Buffington, director of Larimer County Department of Natural Resources. "Our staff works hard to provide visitors with fun, safe experiences at Horsetooth, and this ranking is further affirmation that we're doing just that."

On its website,, the company touts that more than 50 million people use its Foursquare and Swarm apps worldwide. Foursquare users who have visited Horsetooth Reservoir have provided glowing reviews of the waterbody, such as "Fishing is good and the cabin rentals are nice" and "Absolutely beautiful! Make sure to take a drive around the north side of the reservoir for more serene scenes!"

The list of America's Best Lakes can be viewed at

Horsetooth Reservoir and lands around the reservoir are owned by the Bureau of Reclamation. Larimer County manages recreation on Horsetooth Reservoir through an agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation.

Provide Input on Future of Horsetooth Reservoir

Citizens currently have an opportunity to provide input on future developments at Horsetooth Reservoir and the three other reservoir parks owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and managed by Larimer County Department of Natural Resources: Carter Lake, Pinewood Reservoir and Flatiron Reservoir.

Larimer County is updating its master plan for these four reservoir parks. Using input from the public gathered this summer, alternatives that could be included in this plan have been developed for the reservoir parks. Comments on the alternatives can be submitted online through December 3 at
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