Recreation at reservoirs

 Recreation at reservoirs

Living in Colorado offers a number of outdoor opportunities, among which includes access to some of our reservoirs.

Clean, reliable drinking water will always be our priority. Still, our reservoirs are a natural gathering place for anglers, families, hikers and more. For us, it’s a balance between water quality and responsible eco-management. Please help us protect our waterways by respecting the natural habitat of these areas.

The following reservoirs are open to the public, but may be temporarily closed or hours may change depending on emergency situations. Check back for updated access dates and times.

Stanley Reservoir (June-July 2017 update)
Stanley Reservoir, located west of the United States Air Force Academy and near Rampart Reservoir, is currently being drained for a thorough evaluation of the dam and the long-term viability of the dam and reservoir. Prior to draining operations, Colorado Parks & Wildlife removed and relocated any fish in the reservoir. Although it is owned by Springs Utilities, the reservoir is not used as part of our water supply system.

Rampart Reservoir (July 2018 update)
Rampart Reservoir is typically open mid-spring to mid- to late October.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15, the boat ramp and watercraft inspection station are closed for the remainder of the 2018 season. No motorized/trailered watercraft are permitted. The closure is necessary due to lower water levels and related safety concerns. 

However, all hand-launched, non-motorized watercraft are still permitted for the remainder of the season.

Check here for updated information.

Nichols Reservoir
Located directly below Rampart Reservoir, Nichols Reservoir is closed until further notice.

Crystal Reservoir
This reservoir is the first one you reach as you travel up the Pikes Peak Highway and is adjacent to the visitor’s center. There are nature trails, docks and picnic areas along the shores. Plenty of parking is available. Fishing is allowed with a valid license; however, camping and swimming are prohibited.

  • Open: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, in conjunction with the Pikes Peak Highway. Hours are subject to change.
  • Website

North and South Catamount Reservoirs
Simply continue on the Pikes Peak Highway, past Crystal Reservoir, and the entrance to the Catamounts is on your right. You are invited to picnic and hike and bike on designated trails. Fishing is allowed with a valid license; however, only artificial flies and lures are allowed at North Catamount. Camping and swimming are prohibited at both reservoirs.

  • Open mid-Spring through mid-October
  • Website

Pikeview Reservoir
Don’t have time to head for the mountains for some fishing? Pikeview Reservoir is a convenient angler’s find right here in our own city. It’s located off Mark Dabling Boulevard, just south of Garden of the Gods Road. Pikeview offers shore and dockside fishing. On some days, visitors have seen a Great Blue Heron. In 2007, in partnership with the City of Colorado Springs, we upgraded the parking lot and restroom. Fishing is allowed with a valid license; however, camping and swimming are prohibited.

  • Open: From ice melt to freeze

Rosemont Reservoir
The Rosemont Reservoir opened for the season on April 22, 2017.

Set back from the hustle and bustle of the city, this reservoir is located in the southwest portion of town. After you’ve parked, it’s about a half-mile hike/walk to the shoreline. Fishing is allowed with a valid license; however, camping and swimming are prohibited. To reach Rosemont, begin at the intersection of Penrose Boulevard and Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard. Take Old Stage Road (FDR 368) six-and-a-half miles from there to Gold Camp Road (FDR 370). Travel five miles on Gold Camp Road to the trailhead.

  • Open: From ice melt to freeze

Montgomery Reservoir
Located in Park County, Montgomery is set between Alma (north of Fairplay) and Hoosier Pass. Fishing is allowed with a valid license; however, camping and swimming are prohibited.

  • Open: From ice melt to freeze