Boat Permit Updates

Boat permits are sold out for the 2021 season.

Small Craft Permits

Small craft permits (non-motorized craft used outside the swim area: canoes, kayaks, SUP - inflatable or standard, kiteboards, etc.) are typically available for purchase online beginning Feb. 1 for that calendar year. They are first come, first served until they sell out.

Demand for small watercraft permits is extremely high. This year we offered our typical 1200 season permits, and new for 2021, we added 500 weekday permits to provide additional opportunities for small craft users. Despite these additions we sold out of ALL types of small watercraft permits the first week of April. We will not be offering any additional permits for 2021. We will be collecting data during this season and using that data and feedback to evaluate during our end of year process which takes place in October. At this time, we will evaluate the sales process as well as permit numbers and feasibility for operational adjustments for the 2022 year.

*Permit stickers will be put on your craft when you first bring your watercraft out to start your season, beginning April 1. 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.

Power and Sailboat Permits

  • We are not accepting any more applications for power and sailboat permits for the 2021 season.
  • 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.
  • The application for new boaters is available beginning 9 a.m. on Feb. 1 for that calendar year. The application closes at 9 a.m. March 1. We do not accept applications at any other time.
  • Permits are sold based on availability. We do not sell any large craft permits after May 4.

*Only renewals will be allowed for class 5 boats. Class 5 permits include pontoon boats, house boats, cabin cruisers and boats with ballasts.