Carter Lake is a reservoir huddled against the Front Range foothills owned and (recreationally) operated by Larimer County a few miles southwest of Loveland, CO. With 1,100 acres of water and another 1,000 acres of surrounding public land, this 3-mile long reservoir is more often a destination for water-based recreation like boating and fishing, but there are a couple of hiking trails in this area as well. The 3.5-mile long Sundance Trail follows the entire western shoreline from north to south, while the shorter Fawn Hollow Trail on the east side provides access to some climbing areas as well. This is a fee area that requires entrance and camping permits

When Open? Area Acres Operated By
Year-round 2,162 acres Larimer County Parks
Dogs Allowed? Miles of Trail Max/Min Elev (ft)
Dogs allowed on leash 4 5,470ft - 6,020ft

Carter Lake Reservoir County Park Trail and Map Finder

Area Hiking Trails:
1 - Sundance Trail
Area Trailheads:
1 - North Pines Trailhead
2 - South Shore Trailhead
3 - The Saddle and Fawn Hollow Trailhead
Area Campgrounds: