The City of Boulder welcomes your feedback. Use our Inquire Boulder customer service tool to tell us what’s on your mind.

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Recreation Guide
  • Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • Parks
  • Plans and Reports
  • Forestry and Horticulture
  • Recreation Programs
  • Recreation Facilities
  • News and Events

Boulder Reservoir

Boulder Reservoir

About the Boulder Reservoir

Boulder Reservoir is a 700-acre, multi-use recreation and water-storage facility, owned and managed by the City of Boulder and operated as a water supply by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. It is used for recreation, drinking water and irrigation. Popular recreation activities at the reservoir include boating, swimming, sun bathing, water skiing, fishing, picnics, walking, running, cycling and wildlife viewing.

Weather, closure and other updates are posted to our Twitter feed on the lower right.

Visitor Services Center

The 2012 Boulder Reservoir Master Plan pdf indicated the need for renewal and renovation of several key facilities that support visitor use at the reservoir. Additionally, recent facility assessments of the existing Reservoir Bathhouse and Administration Building show that while some system deficiencies can be addressed through maintenance or minor repairs, others have reached or surpassed their expected life cycle and require significant repair, rehabilitation or replacement. Maintenance issues are affecting the operation of the facility and diminish the opportunities for quality visitor experiences at the reservoir.

This means we are in the early planning stages to envision a new Visitor Services Center to replace the existing Reservoir Bathhouse and Administration Building. The first meeting on Sept. 22 was an opportunity for the community to review the options for renewal of the bathhouse to meet several key program functions including restrooms, concessions, visitor areas and administrative functions. The purpose of the meeting was for community feedback on schematic alternatives to assist in the development of a recommended plan to address building functionality given current uses, proposed uses and demand.

2017 Final Concept Plan*

Based upon feedback from the September 22 open house meeting, public comments received during the online plan review and comment periods, a Final Concept Plan* has been developed for the new Reservoir Visitor Services Center. The new facility will replace the existing bath house and administration building providing an enhanced guest experience as well as improved functionality for reservoir operations.

Highlights of the plan include:

  • New Guest Services and Administration Facilities
    • A new modern, family friendly, open and bright facility including:
    • Guest locker rooms, changing areas and restroom facilities
    • Concessions area with indoor and outdoor dining options
    • Public meeting space
    • Event and group gathering space
    • Staff offices
  • New Site Amenities
    • Outdoor dining and events plaza with reservoir and Flatirons views
    • Children’s play areas at plaza and beach levels
    • Outdoor amphitheater space built into side grading for movie nights and performances
    • Boardwalk/promenade offering reservoir views, beach access and seating areas
    • New life guard station with beach level public restroom

* Please note, this conceptual plan illustrates a depiction of potential full-build of the facility. Implementation will occur in phases based on available funding and essential guest and staff services will be prioritized for early phases of construction.

DRAFT Preferred Concept Plan

The Final Concept Plan will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on January 23, 2017 for approval.


September  - Public meeting and online plan review of 3 concept plans
October/November - Feedback reviewed and used to develop a DRAFT Preferred Concept Plan
November 28  - DRAFT Preferred Concept Plan presented to PRAB and posted online for community review and comment

January 5 - Community comment period closes
January - Feedback from PRAB and the community is reviewed and used to develop the Final Concept Plan
January 23 - Final Concept Plan presented to PRAB

Anticipated Construction


View Full Site