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Boulder Reservoir, Boulder

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  • Clean water and nice beach. Water temp is great for swimming and they also have paddle board and kayak rentals.  more »
  • I brought my boys here age (4, 7 and 8) they enjoy playing at the beach and renting paddle boards, kayaks etc. I wouldn't come here if all we were planning on doing was swimming. Nice place to have so...  more »
  • Having lived in Boulder for 20 years, it boggles my mind that people actually pay a fee to come here and swim. The water is disgusting. There's so much bacteria that they often have to close it for sa...  more »
  • The reservoir itself is beautiful, accessible, and well maintained. Whether you are competing in a triathlon, walking the perimeter, swimming with the kids, having a corporate event (we have had a regular annual employee appreciation here for the last several years), or sunbathing, this is one of the best places in Boulder. The staff at the Boulder Reservoir are extremely friendly and responsive to questions, and the annual pass offerings through Parks and Rec makes the reservoir easily affordable to any family.
  • We came to paddle board but were told we couldn’t because they were sold out of permits until January. So not even a certain number allowed per day, but per year?! Then, they had to inspect our paddle board even though we weren’t allowed to take it out. We came to swim at the beach but were told we had to stay in a VERY small area because our little guy isn’t a strong swimmer yet and life jackets aren’t allowed in the deep end. LIFE JACKETS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE DEEP END. If you have a floaty, you can only use it in the very small shallow area and nowhere else. On the other hand, we saw 4 kids with life jackets and their own inflated boat go outside the roped area and the lake patrol went right by them saying nothing. That would normally seem fine, but goes against everything we were told. All the rules don’t make sense, are weirdly enforced and it’s not worth the $7 per person to get in. This place has the bare minimum: water and sand. That’s it. If you have a family, I would go elsewhere.
  • Called at 4 to double check their hours and make sure I could swim, they close at 6. Arrived at 5, paid and walked to the water- a life guard approached me and said the Head life guard had to leave at 5 and I couldn’t swim. The people at the gate had no idea... how could they not communicate this?? I left work early and had to drive from Denver. How difficult is it to give the gate (people who answer the phone) a heads up?! Waste of time and money to drive up there. I gave them 2 stars because the gate people were very nice and apologetic- will make sure that doesn't happen again!
  • So I looked this place up online, and the pictures were gorgeous. But when i arrived there I was very disappointed. There was duck/goose poop everywhere. I could barely find a place to sit. And when I did, I was still disgusted by all of it surrounding me. It was absolutely gross. I don’t know why they don’t hire someone to clean up the poop. And if there is someone to clean it up, they definitely were slacking. This completely discouraged my boyfriend and I to ever return.
  • My sister and I can in from out of town to stay with my Aunt for a week. We were looking for something to do and came across this reservoir. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS!!! We went paddle boarding at Rocky Mountain Paddle Boarding and spent the day on the beach. Wonderful experience but BRING YOUR OWN FOOD. The ice cream scoops are the size of a two year olds fist. They were out of chicken and nachos and almost every other food item we wanted.
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