Cherry Creek Reservoir - Flat Water Paddling

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Great spot for all of your favorite flatwater activities.

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Aaron Bible


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Destination Distance From Downtown

11.0 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

3 hours


Spring, Summer, and Fall

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Dogs are required to be on leash, except in the designated off-leash area.

Fees Permits


$9 Daily Park Access Fee

Land Website

Cherry Creek Reservoir



This is not only one of the greatest open spaces in the Denver area, but the reservoir itself is home to boaters of all types. It’s even the training ground for many triathletes and competitions throughout the year.

What Makes It Great

It’s a pretty easy drive from downtown Denver, maybe 40 minutes or less depending on traffic, and you have to pay a small day fee to park in the State Park. You’ll find everything from a shooting range to camping, nature trails and a marina.

Human-powered paddlers do have a place here. It’s a great spot to tour the shores in a sea kayak or test your mettle in an open canoe. The marina has boats for rent, or if you travel with your craft, just check with park rangers regarding any special restrictions or regulations during your visit.

There’s also an off-leash dog area, picnic areas, and this is a great place for a run or bike ride. Heck, you can even do your own triathlon if you want. It’s a one-stop shop for Colorado fun.

Who is Going to Love It

Flatwater paddlers will enjoy the chance to get out on some open, fairly protected public water and stretch out the shoulders.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Check out the park website for maps and directions.

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Cherry Creek Reservoir

4201 S. Parker Rd
Aurora, CO, 80014
39.639931, -104.831751

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