Boulder Reservoir is the closest thing Boulder has to an ocean. The water is clear and cold and quite popular in the summer. Many people walk around the lake, It’s a five mile walk round trip.
Rent a canoe, paddle board, kayak or boat. What most people don’t realize is that there’s a ton of wildlife at Boulder Reservoir. In addition to the geese, coots, loons, and grebes, you can paddle with ospreys, blue and black herons, egrets, and pelicans. There are also owls, bald eagles, falcons, and hawks too.
Many people swim in the supervised swimming area. It is big enough if you want to swim long distance (if you don’t mind swimming in large circles) and the three floating docks are sunny places to rest.
Admission to the reservoir is $6.25 per person and for no extra charge, the magnificent mountains in the background remind us of how fortunate we are to be alive, and in this special, quiet, peaceful place.