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There might be snow on the ground right now, but it won’t be long and summer will be here!

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. We have summer fun waiting just 17 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.



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.



Once you come to Horsetooth, you’ll want to spend a few days enjoying it all. From April-October you can reserve a campsite at Horsetooth and several other Larimer County campgrounds.



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


Other activities

Horsetooth offers other summer fun including 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.