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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutbow trout, lake trout, bluegill, redear sunfish, yellow perch and kokanee salmon at Carter Lake in Colorado.

Carter Lake, CO

A mile wide and three miles long, Carter Lake is a fishing paradise with plenty of water to explore. The lake offers fishing for bass, crappie, walleye, trout, bluegill and perch. Boat launch ramps are located at the sailing club, South Shore Campground and Carter Lake Marina.

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Nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Carter Lake in Colorado offers a perfect combination of scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. Fishing enthusiasts are drawn to this picturesque reservoir for its abundant fish population. The lake is known for its healthy population of rainbow trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass, providing a diverse fishing experience for anglers of all preferences. Whether you prefer fly fishing from the shore or casting from a boat, Carter Lake offers ample opportunities to reel in a prized catch.

Carter Lake in Colorado truly provides a delightful outdoor experience, combining excellent fishing opportunities, peaceful boating options, and serene camping facilities. Whether you're seeking the thrill of catching trophy fish, enjoying a day on the water, or immersing yourself in the tranquility of the great outdoors, Carter Lake offers a perfect escape where you can create unforgettable memories and reconnect with nature.

Several campgrounds are located are located around the lake, close by the lake. In addition to the fishing there's plenty of room left over for other water recreation activities on this 1,100-acre lake.

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Fish Species in Carter Lake Reservoir, CO

Largemouth bass Black crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Lake trout Bluegill Green Sunfish Redear Sunfish Yellow Perch Kokanee salmon

Carter Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NO
Concessions: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is another popular activity at Carter Lake. With its expansive waters and calm conditions, the lake is perfect for boaters seeking a peaceful escape. Visitors can bring their own boats or rent them from the marina, allowing them to explore the lake's nooks and crannies, find hidden fishing spots, or simply enjoy a leisurely cruise along the shoreline. Whether you're into power boating, sailing, or kayaking, Carter Lake provides an ideal setting for all types of boating adventures.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Carter Lake Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoons
970 667-1062


Carter Lake Marina
4011 S County Rd 31
Loveland, CO 80537
970 667-1062

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Carter Lake Marina Boat Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, this is a really nice launch area. It has a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and lots of gravel parking.

Carter Lake South Shore Campground Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and limited paved parking.

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For those looking to extend their stay, Carter Lake offers several camping options that cater to different preferences. The lake boasts well-maintained campgrounds with various amenities such as tent sites, RV hookups, restrooms, picnic areas, and fire pits. Camping at Carter Lake allows visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, waking up to stunning mountain views and the sounds of nature.

Closest Campgrounds & RV Parks

North Shore RV & Store Campground - 970 663-6200

Eagle Campground - 800 397-7795

Carter Lake South Shore Campground - 970 619-4570

Carter Lake CO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Carter Lake
Larimer County
200 W. Oak Street
Fort Collins, CO 80521
970 498-7000


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Bass, crappie and walleye fishing in north-central CO.

Carter Lake Reservoir, fishing lake in Colorado.