Carter Lake

lodging nearby food nearby primitive campsites bait and tackle public facilities boatramps hiking/nature trails swimming canoeing

Recreation managed by Larimer County Parks Department, 1800 S. County Rd. 31, Loveland CO 80537; (970) 679-4570. Developments include 5 campgrounds with 151 campsites and 3 boat-launch ramps. A concession-operated public marina located at the north end of the lake. A concession for members only (Sail Club) is operated on the north shore of the lake. Total water surface available for recreation is approximately 1,144 surface acres. Access is good. Primary recreation activities include fishing, camping, power boating, and sailing. Water levels are low in late summer because of seasonal drawdown. A hiking trail exists along the west side of the lake. Primary sport fish include rainbow trout, salmon, and largemouth bass. A public swim beach and snack bar/restaurant are available. Facilities are closed in winter because of ice and snow conditions.

Carter Lake
Colorado-Big Thompson
Cooperator (managing entity) Larimar County Parks Departmemt  
  1800 S County Road 31  
  Loveland, CO 80537  
Land Area (acres) Total 910
  Developed Public Use 100
  Undeveloped 808
Water Surface (acres) Total 1144
  Available forRecreation 1144
Shoreline (miles) Total 8
  Available for Recreation 8
Fees Area Entrance yes
  Campgrounds no
  Picnic Areas no
  Boat Launch Facilities no
  Parking no
  Other none
Facilities (number) Campgrounds 5
  Campsites 151
  Tent Only Campsites 6
  RV Hookups 0
  Mobile Home Parks 0
  Mobile Home Sites 0
  Camp Shower Facilities no
  Picnic Areas 5
  Picnic Tables 204
  Picnic Shelters 3
  Swimming Beaches 1
  Swim Shower Facilities no
  Boat Launch Ramps 3
  Boat Launch Lanes 10
  Mooring Buoys 125
  Slip Mooring Spaces 32
  Concessions 1
Potable Water Campgrounds 10
  Picnic Areas 3
  Other Locations 0
Toilets Campgrounds 2
  Picnic Areas 0
  Other Locations 0
Sanitary Stations Trailer / RV 1
  Boat 1

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