Kayaking – Chatfield Reservoir

My Boyfriend and I recently purchased some new Kayaks from Dick’s Sporting Goods. We decided to get some basic kayaks since we are not experienced at all. We are going to try to hit up all the lakes in Colorado before we even attempt any white water kayaking.IMG_3340

When we arrived at the entrance we were told that part of the park was flooded.  Normally when you are kayaking, canoeing, etc you would launch at the south end but this entire section was flooded.  We ended up using the boat launch area and found a small gravel trail that lead us right to the water.


This is a great lake for beginners kayaking or if you’re just looking for a relaxing kayaking experience. It was very quiet, a lot of fisherman and on this day we only saw 1 motor boat. There was virtually no wind so we didn’t have to struggle against a current. We did see a few cool looking birds flying around, one even let us get somewhat close to it.  We were about 20 feet away when it dove down into the water. We were looking around for it for a while and then out of no where it came back up right in between my boyfriend and I, scared the crap out of me. I don’t think it realized that were were there because it immediately dove back into the water. IMG_3328

We avoided the middle of the reservoir and stayed close to the shore. It was actually really staying on the edges because we were able to weave in and out of the tree lines. It made kayaking more interesting, the only downside is that occasionally I would get myself stuck in the branches of a tree or hit a log floating. Overall I really liked this reservoir and will definitely make another trip here.


From Denver, the main entrance into the park is one mile south of C-470 on Highway 121 (Wadsworth) make a left into the park. Directions to the Plum Creek Entrance are south of C-470 on Santa Fe to Titan Parkway. Turn west on Titan Parkway to Roxborough Park Road. Make a right at Roxborough Park Road and follow into park. * Please Note: The canopy at the main entrance is 13 feet. If camping unit is higher than 13 feet, please use the Plum Creek Entrance.

Click HERE before planing your trip to check park alerts!


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