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Description - Flatiron Reservoir is 47 acres of water surrounded by 200 acres of public land. It is located northwest of Carter Lake at an elevation of 5,470 feet and is part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. The purpose of this water project is to divert water from the west slope to the east slope for drinking water, irrigation, and hydropower generation. Reclamation is solely responsible for power generation. The agencies jointly manage water levels for irrigation, municipal, and industry use.

Attractions - One campground with 41 campsites. Access is good. Total available surface acreage for recreation is 47 acres. No boating currently allowed. Primary recreational activities include fishing and camping. Primary sport fish available are rainbow trout. Facilities and campground are closed in winter due to ice and snow.

Recreation - Recreation is managed by Larimer County Natural Resources. Primary recreational activities include fishing and camping. Primary sport fish available are rainbow trout. No boating or swimming is allowed on Flatiron Reservoir; however, nearby Carter Lake offers both boating opportunities and a swimbeach. Park Entrance Permits and Camping Fees are required.

Climate - The climate in Colorado varies tremendously from hot dusty summer days to frigidly cold winter nights. Colorado is known for its thunderstorms which form over the Rocky Mountains and then head across the eastern plains, often reaching 10,000 feet or more in height. Lightening is a serious threat, particularly on mountain peaks, lakes and open fields. Summertime temperatures routinely reach 90 to 100 degrees on the plains and the 70 - 80 degrees in the mountains. Cool weather is always possible at night throughout Colorado, particularly at higher elevations. It is not uncommon to need both shorts and a jacket on the same day.

Location - On Chimney Hollow Creek, 8 miles soutwest of Loveland, Colorado. A map is available above on this wildernet.com page.


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Report: They have done a great deal of renovation at Flatiron in the past years. We were excited to see the addition of electricity at the sites and some new cabins. Flatiron is a family favorite of ours!


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Contact Information:
Flatiron Reservoir, Larimer County Parks Depatment, 1800 S. County Rd. 31 , Loveland, CO, 80537, Phone: 303-679-4570

Additional Information:
Colorado Lakes & Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs included in this list range from small mountain lakes surrounded by snow capped peaks, to large reservoirs with beaches and boating facilities.

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