Boulder Reservoir - Paddling

Made possible by



The Boulder Reservoir is a "Dream Cove" come true for flat water paddlers.

Written by

Courtney Johnson


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

4.5 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

0 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Dogs are not allowed May 15 - Labor Day.

Fees Permits


Fees are collected per person, and includes runners/walkers and cyclists - Youth (3 to 18) $3.75 Adult (19-59) $6.25 Senior (60+) $4.25

Land Website

Boulder Reservoir



The Boulder Reservoir is becoming a popular place to flat water paddle in the Front Range. Rental boards and paddles are available from Rocky Mountain Paddleboard located at Hobie Heaven near the CU crew boats. A PFD is required to paddle in the open water. Dream Cove, located off to the left hand side as you enter, is the place where most people put in. The lake is approximately three miles long. Single chamber inflatable SUP boards are not allowed.

A day use fee is charged for entry into the Boulder Reservoir or you may purchase a Splash Pass. You have to register your board for the season and the board will be inspected for mussels each time you enter. There is plenty of parking, restroom facilities and a snack bar. Rocky Mountain Paddleboard also holds classes including SUP Yoga at the Reservoir as well.There is a standup paddle meetup that often meets at the Reservoir. The biggest things to worry about at the Boulder Reservoir are boat and water traffic along with the occasional winds that will pick up on summer afternoons. The dirt trails and roads around the reservoir are popular for trail running as well.

What Makes It Great

The Boulder Res is a welcome oasis in the otherwise dry landscape around Boulder. Views of the Foothills from the water are gorgeous and on clear days you can see all the way to Longs Peak. The water is nearly always placid and it's a big enough body of water to get a good workout. 

Who is Going to Love It

SUPers, kayakers and even canoers will enjoy the views and easy access to Boulder's premier body of water. An afternoon on the water is a nice way to mix up a visit to Boulder for tourists as well. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Take Jay Road to 51st Street north and follow it roughly 2 miles to the entrance of the Res on the right (east) side of the road. 

More Boulder Activities

View Boulder

More Boulder Reservoir Activities

Local Boulder Stories


Boulder Reservoir

5565 N 51st Street
Boulder, CO, 80301
40.071537, -105.23483

Get Directions