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Guide to fishing for smallmouth bass, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, cutbow trout, bluegill, white bass and yellow perch at Horsetooth Reservoir in Colorado.

Horsetooth Reservoir, CO

At over six miles long and almost a half mile wide, Horsetooth Reservoir offers plenty of water playground for fishing and boating alike. This is a relative warm-water lake supporting bass, crappie, walleye, white bass, sunfish and trout. Nearly 20 miles of shoreline provide plenty of places to wet a line, whether you are fishing from the bank or from a boat.

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Horsetooth Reservoir, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, is a haven for fishing enthusiasts seeking a memorable angling experience. The reservoir is renowned for its diverse fish population, making it a popular destination for both recreational and sport fishing. Anglers can find a variety of fish species in Horsetooth Reservoir, including walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, trout, catfish, and crappie. Whether you prefer casting from the shore or fishing from a boat, Horsetooth Reservoir offers ample opportunities to reel in your favorite catch.

Horsetooth Reservoir, with its exceptional fishing opportunities, versatile boating options, and scenic camping facilities, provides a complete outdoor experience for visitors. Whether you're an avid angler, a boating enthusiast, or simply seeking a serene camping getaway, Horsetooth Reservoir in Colorado offers a picturesque setting to indulge in your favorite activities while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

There are marinas, rental boats, campgrounds, shopping, dining and lodging at, or nearby, the lake.

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Fish Species in Horsetooth Reservoir, CO

Smallmouth bass Black crappie White crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Brown trout Cutthroat trout Bluegill White Bass Yellow Perch

Horsetooth Reservoir Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rentals: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Concessions: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating on Horsetooth Reservoir is a cherished activity for visitors. The reservoir provides plenty of space for boaters to explore its vast waters and admire the stunning mountain views. Whether you have a motorized boat or prefer non-motorized options like kayaks or paddleboards, Horsetooth Reservoir caters to all types of watercraft. Boaters can enjoy cruising along the reservoir, participating in water sports, or simply basking in the tranquility of the surroundings. The reservoir's multiple boat ramps and marina facilities make launching and navigating the waters a breeze.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Inlet Bay Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats
970 223-0140


Inlet Bay Marina
4314 Shoreline Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80526
970 223-0140

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Horsetooth North Boat Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, this is a two-lane concrete ramp with a dock and lots of gravel parking.

Inlet Bay Marina Boat Ramp
This is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks, and gravel parking. It is located in Inlet Bay, in the southwest sector of the lake.

South Bay Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, this is a two-lane concrete ramp with docks and plenty of paved parking.

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Camping at Horsetooth Reservoir is a popular choice for those looking to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. The reservoir offers a range of camping options, including designated campgrounds and backcountry camping areas. Visitors can choose from tent sites or RV sites, complete with amenities such as picnic areas, restrooms, and fire pits. Camping at Horsetooth Reservoir allows outdoor enthusiasts to wake up to panoramic views, embark on scenic hikes, and enjoy the peacefulness of nature.

Closest Campgrounds & RV Parks

Fort Collins / Lakeside KOA Campground - 970 484-9880

Fort Collins / Poudre Canyon KOA Campground - 970 493-9758

Horsetooth Reservoir CO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Horsetooth Reservoir
Larimar County
Natural Resources Department
1800 S. County Road 31
Loveland, CO 80537
970 619-4570


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