Larimer County
Reservoir Parks Master Plan


Larimer County Seeking Comments on Reservoir Parks Master Plan.

This plan takes a county-wide look at Larimer County’s current and future recreation needs. Additional topics include project costs, financial strategies and future park properties. The Reservoir Parks Master Plan and the Bureau of Reclamation’s Resource Management Plan/Environmental Assessment for Horsetooth, Carter Lake, Pinewood and Flatiron reservoirs are being conducted concurrently in order to achieve greater efficiency and combine public outreach activities.

View the 2017 Reservoir Parks Master Plan HERE.

Online comments will be collected through Questionnaire #4 available online at:

The public is invited to provide input on the draft Reservoir Parks Master Plan and RMP/EA at two open houses at the following locations and times:

June 14, 2017
4:30 pm to 7 pm
Chilson Senior Center
700 E 4th St, South Entrance
June 15, 2017
4:30 pm to 7 pm
Larimer County Courthouse
200 W Oak, Hearing Room

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  • Help us to better define the County’s most appropriate role in providing outdoor recreation at the reservoir parks
  • Identify public needs and preferences
  • Review programming/facility recommendations that meet changing demographics and trends
  • Balance resource conservation values, recreation opportunities, and long-term management
  • Evaluate carrying capacity and use areas
  • Determine funding needs for long-term financial sustainability

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Reservoir Parks Master Plan

The Reservoir Parks Master Plan is an update of the 2007 Master Plan and will be used to guide the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources in meeting the recreation demands of park visitors at the four Larimer County managed reservoir parks and other potential use areas located elsewhere in the county. Roughly 90% of the 2007 Master Plan has been implemented and an update is now needed to respond to current conditions, visitor use, and demands. The Master Plan will provide a focused vision, identify priority project areas, and specific strategies to accomplish the specified goals. The Master Plan will focus on:

  • Horsetooth Reservoir including Bingham Hill Overlook
  • Pinewood Reservoir
  • Flatiron Reservoir
  • Carter Lake

Under license with Reclamation, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources nearly 7,000 acres of Bureau of Reclamation land and water recreational activities and maintains the recreation facilities at these four reservoirs

The four reservoirs and nearly 7,000 acres of associated lands are owned by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation, and managed by Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, operating under license from the Bureau of Reclamation. More information about Reclamation's RMP & EA is available at

Reclamation works with local partners to manage 289 recreation sites across the West, hosting 90 million visits each year. Reclamation is the nation's largest water wholesaler, and the second largest producer of hydropower, operating 337 reservoirs in 17 Western states.