Carter Lake Conditions

Park elevation: 5760'
Report last updated: 4/19/2014

Current Conditions

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Park situation
  • The North Boat Ramp is open daily from 6am-10pm for launching.
  • The shower house in the Eagle day use parking area is now open.
  • The Dump Station on CR 8E is open but no running water yet.
  • The swim beach will open mid May. 
  • Potable water is available at Eagle over flow parking, Big Thompson Campground, Flatiron site F29.
  • Daily entrance permits are available for purchase at the automated pay stations on south CR 31 and west CR 8E, near the entrance station gates. The automated pay stations accept credit and debit cards only. Cash or checks will no longer be accepted at the self-service automated pay stations.
Fishing conditions

2000 10" Rainbows were stocked on March 20th.

All walleye longer than 21 inches in length, must be returned to the water immediately.

Daily bag limit for walleye is three (3) fish, 21 inches or less in length.

For more current conditions and stocking reports, check with the Division of Wildlife. Or join our fishing forum at to send and receive messages from fellow anglers and share your fishing knowledge!

Water level and boat ramps
  •  The North Boat Ramp is open daily from 6am-10pm for launching.


Water elevation
  • Maximum pool elevation - 5,759 ft.
  • Current pool elevation - 5,721 ft.
  • Water temperature - 45 degrees

Carter Lake Marina Store is open for the season. Call (970) 667-1062 for questions or more information. Or you can visit their website at


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:

  • Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Monday-Friday -  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

Camping reservations may now be made from 1-180 days in advance.



Mule deer and elk are plentiful this time of year. Keep in mind we want to keep the wildlife wild. Do NOT leave food out or otherwise feed the wildlife. Several bears have been spotted at the north end of Carter Lake.

Drive carefully as wildlife often gathers near the roads.

Park events

A complete list of upcoming events can be found at

See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.