Carter Lake is located in the foothills west of Loveland. It has 1,100 acres of water. Carter Lake is my least favorite lake to boat at so far in Colorado, mainly due to the lack of sandy beach areas. The only area we could find to beach the boat didn't have any sand, it was all rocks. The hiking trails were very nice.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Horsetooth Resevoir is beautiful! Located west of Fort Collins in the foothills. It has 1,900 acres of water and is 6.5 miles long. The only thing I don't like about Horsetooth Reservoir is it doesn't have any beach areas to park the boat to stretch your legs and let the kids play. If it had more beach area for boats then this would be my favorite place to boat; so far in Colorado.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Chatfield Reservoir is about 40 minutes from our house, it is the lake we went to all last summer with our waverunner since it was so close to our old apartment. I like Chatfield quite a bit but Tony doesn't since the water can get pretty choppy. My favorite part about Chatfield is how almost the entire lake is lined with a sandy beach so there are plenty of places to park your boat and stretch your legs. Chatfield is nicely sized at 1550 water surface acres.
Boyd Lake State Park is in Loveland CO about 40 minutes from our house. Boyd was an OK lake. It is nice in size, about 1700 surface-acres of water. Has a pretty nice size swim beach, nice sandy area to beach your boat but if you don't get a spot early you won't have a nice sandy area and your only other option if you want get off the boat and onto land to let the kids play or picnic would be to park your boat along the grassy areas which are stinky and full of bugs. The following pics are from two different time we went to Boyd.
We've had a waverunner for a while now but when we went to the lake only one adult could be out on the water at a time while the other adult stayed with the kids on the shore. Waverunners are very fun but not very family friendly.. Last summer 2009 we decided we were going to buy a boat before summer 2010 so our entire family could be out on the water at the same time. We bought our boat March 2010 and have been out at the lake every weekend since it has warmed up. Our summer goal is to visit as many of the boatable waters in Colorado as possible. So far we have been to five; Boyd, Chatfield, Carter, Jackson and Horsetooth. Tomorrow we leave for our summer vacation to Lake Powell.