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Reservoir Boat Permits

Power and Sailboat Permit Updates

  • For the 2021 season, we will not be selling any NEW class 5 permits.*
  • The use of personal water craft such as jet skis, e-foils and jet boards is prohibited at the Boulder Reservoir. Jet skis will only be used by/for water safety staff.
  • There will be no in-person sales for boat permits in 2021.

*Class 5 permits include pontoon boats, house boats, cabin cruisers and boats with ballasts. More information: Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Protocol pdf

Only renewals will be allowed for class 5 boats. 

Power and Sail Boat Permits

Please submit the application below to request a 2021 permit.


Small Craft Boat Permits (SUPs, kayaks, canoes, rowing shells, etc.) 2 permit options available: Season or Weekday. Available Online Now!

Season Small Craft Permits are available for purchase online. These allow access Monday-Sunday including holidays. The Season Small Craft Permits are $50 for residents and $55 for non-residents of the City of Boulder. 


New Option this year : Weekday small craft permits. This permit only allows access Monday - Friday, excluding holidays; and is available at a reduced price of $30 for residents and $35 for non-residents of the City of Boulder. 

Due to high demand, we will be limiting the number of small watercraft permits to 2 per person. When you are purchasing your 1st SWC permit, please select Small Watercraft Permit #1 and complete your transaction (pay and check out). To buy a second permit of the same type, purchase small watercraft permit #2 in a second transaction. You will not be able to purchase Permit #2 of a given type until your account shows an active Permit #1. For assistance with your online purchase, please call 303-441-3463 during our business hours:

*Permit Stickers will be put on your craft when you first bring your watercraft out to start your season, beginning April 1st.  They will be at the Reservoir under the name used to purchase permits. Please bring your watercraft with you as we will place the sticker(s) on the craft.



Water level is expected to be acceptable by end of March 2021