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Required ANS Inspections: Boats must now be inspected for aquatic nuisance species (ANS) before launching on Pinewood Reservoir. Boats must be pre-inspected at nearby Carter Lake or another inspection station in Colorado before coming to Pinewood Reservoir. Get more info.

Pinewood Reservoir

Three hundred and twenty-seven acres of public lands encircle this idyllic 100-acre reservoir. No-wake speed boating, camping, and fishing make it the ideal place for a little fun in the mountains without driving too far.

As part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project to divert water from the west slope to the east slope for drinking water, irrigation, and hydropower generation, the reservoir is jointly operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District who manage water levels for irrigation, municipal, and industry use. Larimer County manages recreation.

Pinewood Reservoir requires entrance and camping permits, and is open year round. At 6,580 feet in elevation, it is west of Flatiron Reservoir, southwest of Loveland, Colorado, and northwest of Berthoud, Colorado.

General Regulations

For specifics, ask a ranger for a copy of the Regulations Brochure.
  • Life preservers are required for each person on a boat. In addition, a Type IV throwable PFD is required on boats longer than 16 feet.
  • Boat travel direction – counter clockwise.
  • Swimming is prohibited except at the swim beach at Carter Lake at Dam 2.
  • Cliff diving or jumping in the water is extremely dangerous and prohibited in all areas.
  • Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Collection of firewood, including cutting of trees and branches, is not allowed.
  • Firearms or fireworks are prohibited.
  • Glass containers are not allowed.
  • Public consumption of alcohol above 3.2% is prohibited (no kegs allowed).
  • Dogs must be on leashes not longer than 10 feet at all times. Dogs are not allowed at the swim beach.

Directions

Boating

Camping

Entrance Permits

Fishing

Water Levels

Tips and Info

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