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Summer's here, and on the water is the best place to be!

Horsetooth Reservoir sits in the foothills west of Fort Collins and offers plenty of activities.

Summer days at Horsetooth Reservoir are the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Enjoy lake swimming, water skiing, fishing, hiking and more at one of the most popular Fort Collins landmarks. Summer fun awaits just a few minutes from downtown!


There are several picnic areas around Horsetooth. You can choose Day Use areas that provide great views over the lake or spend the afternoon on the beach. Check out the map for picnic locations.

Boating & Jet Skis

There are 6-½ miles of water on this beautiful reservoir. Grab your boat or jet skis, family and friends, and spend the day water skiing, tubing or just cruising around and enjoying the sunshine. Before you go, check out the boating hours and regulations.


Horsetooth is a popular place for fishing. It’s stocked with trout, bass, walleye and more. There are many coves and spots along the shore to fish or bring your boat to access the favorite spots.

Other Activities

Horsetooth offers other summer fun including hiking, swimming, scuba diving, and even rock climbing. It’s a very popular place in the summer but there’s plenty of space for everyone no matter how you choose to enjoy it.

There are entrance fees and camping fees so check out the Larimer County website for complete information.