Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. All watercraft including canoes, kayaks, wind- and kite-surfers will require a boat permit to launch on the Boulder Reservoir. [Boat permit information]. The reason for this requirement is to allow better communication with all boaters around special events, water safety and aquatic nuisance species issues.
Because of state-wide concerns of transporting harmful plant and animal species from one body of water to another, we ask that you clean your vessel thoroughly and let it dry for at least ten days before bringing it to the Boulder Reservoir. Additionally, we ask that you read the aquatic invasive species information we have and follow the precautions to protect our reservoir from long-term water quality and ecological damage.
Yes, alcohol is allowed at the reservoir as long as it is not in a glass container. All local and state laws apply. NO GLASS ALLOWED. In some cases, a permit may be required for alcohol, depending on party size and types of alcohol. See alcohol policy
Dog are only allowed during the off-season on the south shore from Labor Day to May 15. Dogs are allowed outside the south shore area on established trails and roads year round, but leash laws do apply. The potential for conflicts during the busy season on the south shore makes dog management difficult, and thus is not allowed. As always, guardians are responsible for picking up after dogs.
No. The only swimming that is allowed at the Boulder Reservoir is at the designated swim beach when lifeguards are on duty. We now offer open-water swims on Wednesday mornings at 7a.m. More swimming information
No. We charge a senior rate for patrons age 60 and older per visit. However, there is an opportunity to receive unlimited access to the reservoir and outdoor pools for the summer. Gate Passes can be earned by volunteering at the reservoir for 10 hours. Types of volunteer activities include, but are not limited to handing out surveys, gardening, cleaning, parking, etc. Please contact Sarah Rodriguez at 303-441-1806.
The water temperature varies quite a bit with the weather. For current water temperatures please call 303-441-3461 and press "0" to reach the gate attendant.
Yes! It's at the main building near the swim beach.
The swim beach will be cleared and all rental boats will be brought to shore in the event of lightning or thunder. The beach and rental operations will remain closed until 30 minutes after the last lightning is detected (seen or heard).
Additionally, lake patrol will put up the storm warning flag (a red triangle) at the boathouse. During these times, reservoir staff recommends all boats return to shore and wait out the storm, as Lake Patrol staff will be coming off the water, and patrons will be boating at their own risk.
Depending on site and grill availability. The cost is $40 for the day and includes only the grill. You must provide your own charcoal, utensils, and lighter fluid.
Most importantly, abide by Lake Patrol's requests. Failure to do so may put your boating privileges in jeopardy. Please review and abide by all State of Colorado Boating Statutes and City of Boulder boating rules.
Fishing is allowed at the Boulder Reservoir. However, you may only fish from the designated fishing dock, shore or your boat. All state and local regulations apply.
We charge a park entry fee at the gate regardless of mode of transportation. The fees being paid are for use of the amenities in the park, including toilets, trash and water fountains.
No. Your boat permit rates are based on your residence (where you live).
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:58
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