Horsetooth Reservoir Conditions

Park elevation: 5430'
Report last updated: 9/30/2014

Current Conditions

Park situation

See the Water level/boat ramp section for important boating information.

Daily entrance permits are available for purchase at the automated pay stations located in each park area. The automated pay stations accept credit and debit cards only; cash or checks are not accepted at the self-service automated pay stations.

Rangers no longer sell annual passes, day passes, or any other permit, including camping permits. Please go to the Horsetooth Park Headquarters for permits and questions you may have.

Fishing conditions

As many anglers have been discovering, the fishing is unexpectedly good at Horsetooth Reservoir right now. Fishermen have been overwhelmed by the trout fishing success. Few have not made their limit, and with good-sized fish. The rainbow trout are biting everything from worms, black spinners, and even rubber crawdads. It is well worth the drive for some great fishing. You do not need a boat! Right now the shoreline fishing is producing good fishing right now and both South Bay and Inlet Bay are open with plenty of parking. Satanka Cove is also a hot spot for trout right now.

Fishing regulations:

  • Walleye: Daily limit - 5 total (no size restriction)
  • Smallmouth and Largemouth bass: Daily limit - 5 total (size minimum is 12 inches; all bass in possession must be over 12 inches)
  • All species of trout in Horsetooth (rainbow, cut-bow, brown): Statewide limit of 4 total per day (no size restriction)
  • White bass, striped bass, or wipers: Statewide limit of 10 total per day (no size restriction)
  • Panfish (including bluegill, white and black crappie, and all sunfish): Statewide limit of 20 total per day (no size restriction)

Please refer to the regulation brochure printed by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife before you fish on any body of water. These regulations are for Horsetooth and the type of fish in Horsetooth. Other bodies of water around Horsetooth may have different species of fish and regulations specific to that body of water. It is your responsibility to know the regulations to every body of water you fish.

For more current conditions and stocking reports, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

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Water level and boat ramps
  • Hours of Operation at Boat Ramps beginning Tuesday, September 2nd Horsetooth Reservoir County Park
  • South Bay – 6 a.m. - 10pm 7 days week
    Inlet Bay – 6 a.m. - 10pm 7 days week
    Satanka - Closed MondayTuesdayWednesday
                       Open  Thursday - Sunday 8a.m. – 6 p.m.
                     
          

 

Water elevation
  • Maximum water elevation: 5,430.0 ft. above sea level
  • Current water elevation: 5418.7 ft. above sea level
  • Percent full: 85.8%
  • Temperature: 63 .3 degrees

 

Camping

Attention campers: If you do not have a reservation for a campsite, you will need to visit the Horsetooth Park Headquarters located at 4200 West County Road 38E to purchase your campsite. 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, please call (800) 397-7795 or visit www.larimercamping.com.

  • Non-electric Campsite: $15.00
  • Electric Campsite: $25.00
  • Full hookup Campsite: $30.00
  • Camper Cabin: $60.00 
  • Boat In Campsite $20.00
Wildlife

This time of year we have many deer, foxes, and coyotes in the area. Please use caution while driving.

In Larimer County, there is an increased risk of wildlife that may be carrying rabies. Please follow County regulations and keep all pets on a leash. All personal pets should be current on rabies vaccinations before venturing into the wild.

If you see a suspect animal acting out of the ordinary or becoming unusually aggressive in the park, do not hesitate to call a ranger. Rangers can be reached for this purpose by calling 911. Be prepared to give a detailed account of your location to the 911 dispatcher. Your safety and your pet's safety is of great concern to us.

Park events

See the event calendar for additional activities.

Activities
See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.