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Carter Lake

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Larimer County Parks!

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RENT FROM 4 LOCATIONs Mid-May thru mid-Sept
Horsetooth or CarteR 
Book your reservation below
***24 hours in advance***
(If less than 24 hours, you can walk up to rent onsite.)
Walk-up rentals are always welcome
at ALL locations. 

We are on-site Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day. We accept cash or credit cards. 

Season open/close dates are weather-dependent.

Horsetooth - South Bay

(Open Daily)

9am-5pm Daily

(Weather permitting)

One of the most scenic places in Northern Colorado, Horsetooth Reservoir is located west of Fort Collins at an elevation of 5,420 feet. Six and ½ miles long, “The Res” or “The Tooth” (as many locals say) awaits visitors to come out and play! This reservoir has it all from SUP'n (Stand Up Paddleboarding), kayaking, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, swimming, and scuba diving among many other activities. South Bay hosts campgrounds, picnic tables and ample parking at the south end of the reservoir. 

Horsetooth - Sunrise Swim Beach

(Open Fri - Sun)

11am-5pm Friday

9am-5pm Saturday/Sunday

*Weather permitting

Six and ½ miles of water entices visitors to come out and play! Surrounded by 1,900 acres of public land, this reservoir has it all: fishing, boating, camping, picnicking, swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing, and water skiing. Sunrise Swim Beach is located on the east side of the reservoir and is just a short paddle to explore scenic coves. It is the only sand swim area at the reservoir. 

HORSETOOTH - Satanaka cove

(Open Daily)

9am-5pm Daily

(Weather permitting)

Located on the north end of the reservoir, Satanka Cove is a hot spot for boating, kayaking, and paddleboarding! Satanka Cove at Horsetooth Reservoir is nestled in the foothills at an elevation of 5,420 feet. Satanka Cove located at the most northern end of the “Res” offers some of the most scenic SUP views in Northern Colorado.

Carter Lake - South Shore

(Open Fri - Sun)

10am - 5pm Friday

9am - 5pm Saturday/Sunday
(Weather permitting)

Carter Lake is nestled in the foothills just northwest of Berthoud and southwest of Loveland. This clear, beautiful 3-mile long and one-mile-wide, 1100-acre reservoir is surrounded by 1000 acres of public land. It’s a great place for SUP’n (Stand Up Paddleboarding), kayaking, and canoeing, among other activities!

Rentals include:

Paddle, board, safety whistle, and PFD (you may use your own). Children 12 and under must wear a PFD/life vest at ALL times. You MUST have your PFD and whistle on your board while on the water. Participants under age 18 must have an adult/guardian sign on behalf of minors.

Park Entrance fees:

Are not included with the rental. Daily entrance permits are available at entrance stations and self-serve stations prior to entering the parks. A park permit is required to visit Carter Lake or Horsetooth Reservoir. It is $10 per day/per car for a day pass. You must purchase it directly from Larimer County Parks. Park permit info:

Cancellation Policy:

To reserve online, a credit card number is required. We require 24-hour notice for all cancellations; otherwise, your credit card will be charged. Unsafe conditions due to weather (i.e., rain, high winds, etc…) will result in a full refund.

All rentals are weather permitting. What's SUP does NOT operate in rain or sustained winds above 15 mph. 

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