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Old 01-08-2009, 06:39 PM
 
Location: chicago
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Default Major bodies of water in Colorado

Okay, I love lake michigan and all the big things surrounding it. I like the fact that Chicago offers major bodies of water to use a ski doo,jet ski's and boats in. Where in colorado can I find that? I am looking for somewhere that has that lake/beach feel and can allow a small boat to enter.
I heard that Fort Collins offers something like that but is there anywhere around Denver?
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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"major" being a relative term, the "biggest" bodies of water with some beach and power boating activity in the Denver metro area would be Cherry Creek and Chatfield Res's.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Colorado has several reservoirs. Fort Collins has Horsetooth Reservoir and Loveland has Carter Lake.

Cherry Creek Reservoir in Denver has a marina and a swimming beach.

There's also a marina at Lake Dillon and Elevenmile Reservoir in the mountains - although swimming & scuba diving in those lakes is prohibited.

Steamboat Lake north of Steamboat Springs offers a marina, waterskiing, and a swimming area, but speaking from experience the water is BUTT COLD and I wouldn't recommend swimming in it.

Your best choices are probably Horsetooth or Carter Lake.
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Yorkville, IL
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Awesome post One of the things I was worried about was bodies of water... I love to be around water, even if I am not alwasy in it, but it's nice to know sometime I could get a boat and go play...

I was already sold on Denver, that was my only thing I was hesitant about, but it sounds like even if there is no Lake Michigan body of water, there are still places you can take a boat and play
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:27 PM
 
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If you want to drive a little bit further, give Blue Mesa Reservoir a try. It's three and a half hours SW of Denver. Also known as Curecanti National Recreational Area, IMO it is tops in the State. Easy for me to say, but I'm not a boater, just a fisherman and an average one at that. Eight miles west of town the mouth of the Gunnison opens up and the Reservoir parallels U.S.50, I'm guessing 30 miles or so. Best to give it a try in mid June, Gunnison's temperature at night can dip down to 40 at times, even in June. Nice town, friendly people, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is just down the road. That place will knock your socks off, guarenteed!
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:44 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Awesome post One of the things I was worried about was bodies of water... I love to be around water, even if I am not alwasy in it, but it's nice to know sometime I could get a boat and go play...

I was already sold on Denver, that was my only thing I was hesitant about, but it sounds like even if there is no Lake Michigan body of water, there are still places you can take a boat and play
Yes, but boating is not the big rec thing it is in the midwest. sunsprit is right, "major" and "big" are relative terms, and you might be surprised how small these reservoirs really are.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Yorkville, IL
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Yes, but boating is not the big rec thing it is in the midwest. sunsprit is right, "major" and "big" are relative terms, and you might be surprised how small these reservoirs really are.
Well needless to say I don't own a boat, and in my 27 years of living in the midwest have probably only been on one about 10 times in my life, but it's nice to know the opportunity exists even if it's just to get out on the water, doesn't necessarily have to be a big massive piece of water for me anyway.

I decided I'd rather still vacation at the beach rather than live there, as the mountains/Denver/CO offer so much more activities to do that most beach areas....
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:41 PM
 
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Keep in mind that Denver is in a high planes desert.
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Old 01-09-2009, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Thornton
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To put it in perspective... question 32 on this doc (http://education.usgs.gov/common/lessons/usa_geography_quiz.pdf (broken link)) from the USGS is:

32. Rank the 5 states that contain the least total water surface area (absolute area, not percentage of area).

Answer: HI, WV, RI, NM, NH, (next are AZ, VT, and then CO)

Considering HI is an island (so the just across the border is water), RI is super small and borders an ocean, and NH has a little ocean border too... we are pretty low on the list of water play areas.
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:56 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Anybody got perspectives on the Aurora Reservoir? I see from maps.live.com that it has picnic and boat launching facilities. And new homes are going up adjacent to it on the west and southwest sides between the Reservoir and Southlands Shopping Mall.
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