Park elevation: 5760'
Report last updated: 4/19/2017
CR 31 Is now Open. Please use caution through this area as crews wrap up and landscape settles.
For trout gold colored spinners and rooster tails have brought in fish. Cowbell rigs with worms have caught several large fish near the north ramp as well as Dam 1. The daily bag limit on trout is 4. There is no size limit.
Boat fishing: Trout have been schooling near the dams. There is no fishing on or within 100 feet of the dams, but if you troll outside the 100 feet and cast into the dam area, you may have some luck.
For walleye, The Saddle at the southeast end of the reservoir and "Green Cove" near the north end of the Sundance trail both have steep shoreline and deeper water. The walleye like to hang out on the underwater ledges in these areas. They tend to be more active in the early morning and early evening. Large walleye have been caught recently. Worms on cowbell rigs and bottom bouncers have recently caught fish. Jigging plastic worms or night crawlers have been successful from shore as well as boats along the entire western shoreline. The daily bag limit on walleye is 3. Walleye must be less than 21" or else immediately returned to the water.
Bass fishing has slowed down with dropping water levels. Fish can still be caught caught along with the west and south shores with soft plastic jigs, jerk baits, and popper lures. Daily bag limit is 5 fish of any length.
For more current conditions and stocking reports, check with the Division of Wildlife.
Before traveling to one of our reservoirs, always check here first for the most current information.
We are required to inspect every vessel entering Carter Lake and Horsetooth Reservoir for aquatic nuisance species. That requires specific hours of operation for boating. No boat launching is permitted outside of these hours; however, boats already on the reservoirs may continue operation.
Carter Lake Boat Ramp Hours:
Carter Lake boat ramps will open on April 1st for the 2017 boating season.
April Ramp Hours:
North Ramp: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm 7 days a week
South Shore: CLOSED
North Pines: CLOSED
May - October Hours:
North Ramp: 6am to 10pm, 7 days a week
South Shore: 6am to 10 pm, 7 days a week
North Pines: 8am to 4pm, Wednesday through Sunday, Closed Monday and Tuesday
Attention campers: If you do not have a reservation for a campsite, you will need to visit the Larimer County administrative office at 1800 South County Road 31 to purchase your campsite during the following hours:
Monday- Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday- Sunday 10:00am- 4:00pm
Weekends are still filling up so reserve early!
Camping fees will no longer be accepted at your campsite. A reservation for camping is highly recommended. You may now reserve a campsite one day in advance. To reserve a campsite, call (800) 397-7795 or visit www.larimercamping.com.
Camping reservations may now be made from 1-180 days in advance.
Many of our local elk and deer have begun the frequent the Carter Lake area. Please be aware and exercise caution when approaching and driving through the area this season.
No Hunting nor collecting of antlers allowed in Larimer County Parks
A complete list of upcoming events can be found at http://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/news.cfm.