Nestled in the foothills southwest of Loveland, Colorado and managed by Larimer County, Carter Reservoir is surrounded by 1,000 acres of public lands and is open year round.  Recreational activities include fishing, sailing, water skiing, camping, picnicking, swimming, scuba diving, and rock climbing.  The reservoir has approximately 1,144 water surface acres, 910 land acres and 8 miles of shoreline.  Water levels may vary up to 60 feet, filling in winter, with the lowest water occurring in mid September.

Carter Lake requires entrance and camping permits.  All watercraft including their motors, trailers, compartments, and any other associated equipment or containers may be inspected for exotic invasive species with the exception of personal small craft (e.g. hand-launched rafts, kayaks, belly boats, float tubes).  Larimer County Parks operates a small visitor center at the lake that provides recreation information and issues recreation permits.

For safety reasons, no ice fishing is permitted.

The best baits for this lake

Strike King Bladed jigs 1/2 oz / Blue Glimmer Thunder Cricket

Bladed Jigs

LUNKERCANDY Crankbaits Cell Mate Sugar Daddy 6



Fishing Jigs

Strike King Finesse baits Dirt Perfect Plastic Finesse Worm

Finesse Baits



LUNKERCANDY Crankbaits Sunrise Salabasaurus Rex

Panfish Baits