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Carter Lake, CO

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sun Apr 19 2015   Later Dates
Site, Loop:South Shore, South Shore Campground
Find Similar Sites Type:PAVILION Amenities:
Electric Hookup Pets Allowed Accessible
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Reservation Window: Wed Oct 22 2014 – Thu Oct 20 2016

Check-in: 8:00 am

Departure date:
Check-out: 9:00 pm

Site Details:

  • Site Type: PAVILION
  • Site Reserve Type: Site-Specific
  • ADA Accessible: Y
  • Site Access: Drive-In
  • Hike In Distance to Site: 20
  • Checkin Time: 8:00 am
  • Checkout Time: 9:00 pm
  • Type of Use: Day
  • Electricity Hookup: 15
  • Max Num of People: 100
  • Pets Allowed: Domestic
  • Max Num of Vehicles: 50
  • Driveway Grade: Moderate
  • Driveway Surface: Gravel
  • Driveway Entry: Pull-Through
  • Shade: Full
  • Site Length: 32
  • Site Width: 32
  • Lean To/Shelter: Y
  • BBQ: Y
  • Condition Rating: Good
  • Location Rating: Good
  • Looking For Category: Day Use
  • Picnic Table: Y
  • Platform: Y
  • Privacy: Y
  • Quiet Area: Y
  • Site Rating: Preferred
Photo: South Shore, South Shore Campground

Alerts and Important Information


Please check the Season Dates tab for annual updates on site availability.


Pets must be leashed and may not be left unattended. No pets on swimbeach.
Photographs: Applicant consents to allow photographer on behalf of Larimer County to attend and photograph event. Photographs taken by Larimer County at event may be used in marketing, informational and educational materials, without compensation or further permission from the applicant, including the images of event attendees, including minors. Applicant shall notify attendees that Larimer County may take and distribute photographs of event and attendees.
Events including any of the following are considered a special event and must go through special event process. Go to or call (970) 679-4570: 1) large scale, exceeding the capacity/footprint of the pavilion shelter, 2) Multi-day, 3) Commercial in nature, i.e. charging attendance/participation fees or selling/advertising, 4) Complex or requiring multiple requests for policy or regulations waivers, 5) Using additional amenities outside of the footprint of the group pavilion, i.e. swimbeach, campgrounds, roadways, so as to affect other park or open space users.
Swimming is allowed only at Carter Lake Swimbeach, Horsetooth South Bay Swimbeach, and Horsetooth Sunrise Day Use Area.


  • An entrance permit is required for every vehicle in addition to group pavilion rental fees, except at Lions Open Space (available for purchase at entrances).
  • Alcohol may not be more than 3.2 %. No kegs.
  • No jumping castles, dunk tanks, pony rides, or similar set-ups.
  • No noise disturbances to other park users.
  • Parking allowed on established roadways & parking areas only. There are no guarantees on parking availability.
  • An additional damage fee may be assessed if County staff determine the area has been damaged or is in need of excessive cleaning.
  • Cancellations and changes to these reservations incur a $6.35 fee.
  • The reserving party is responsible for making sure all attendees know and obey regulations.
  • Notes


    Located at the edge of South Shore Campground of Carter Lake, this pavilion offers stunning views and easy boating access. The Sundance Trail, which travels along the western edge of the lake, is located near the pavilion and accesses some of the best fishing points along the reservoir. Ample parking and seven picnic tables are available, as well as a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and campfire area.

    Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.