Will Chimney Hollow Reservoir be Northern Colorado’s most popular outdoor destination? Not until 2025, when the project is complete. It may be hard to tell right now, however, this body of water seems to be the answer to water issues with its important value. We know northern Colorado for its vast natural beauty. With the Rocky Mountains to the west and the plains to the east, there are endless opportunities for outdoor activities. And with a population of over 700,000 people living in this region, it’s no wonder that many residents seek fresh adventures regularly. Many people have traveled from across America to experience our high-quality recreation options, like hiking at Loveland or fishing in Fort Collins. But what if Northern Colorado had an even better destination? What if we could offer something more than just world class ski runs and excellent fishing? Well friends, I’m here today to tell you about one of those many hidden gems: Chimney Hollow Reservoir!
“As Northern Colorado’s growth continues, the region will need collaborative projects that not only help us meet its future water demands but also protect the environment and wildlife, help maintain local food production, and preserve the region’s quality of life.”
Near Loveland, Colorado and Carter’s Lake, Chimney Hollow Reservoir just made issues with water shortage more interesting. This body of water offers 90,000 acres and provides a valuable resource to animals and our environment. Approved by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and endorsed by Governor John Hickenlooper, this wildlife sanctuary offers solutions to the dry climate of the state. The completed site will also be an excellent place for both residents and tourists to enjoy with more recreation.
Chimney Hollow Reservoir Isn’t Just a Place to Cool off in the Future
Besides water sports like paddle boarding, swimming, and fishing, Chimney Hollow includes an open space where bicyclists, hikers and pet owners can spend recreational time. While there are no motorboats currently permitted, there is plenty of opportunity to cool off during our hot summer months for wake-less boats. In addition, if you are an equestrian, you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of trails for you to bond with your horse. Nonetheless, the reservoir will be a hit for years to come with all these possibilities.
The Answer to Water Issues in Northern Colorado Just Got More Interesting
One reason you should visit Chimney Hollow is for the hard work that is ongoing with this project. An important part of the construction and something you will want to see is the 350 ft. high dam made of both rock fill and asphalt. This beast of a structure is part of the Bald Mountain Tunnel and Carter Lake’s pressure conduit. You can’t help but be in awe of this impressive engineering.
An Exceptional Addition to Larimer County without a Doubt
If you’re looking to check out this exceptional Northern Colorado spot, there are a few things to consider. Currently, parts of the reservoir are not open to the public just yet. However, it would be good to contact Larimer County Parks and Recreation or www.chimneyhollow.org for a grand opening a few years away. The authorities are predicting at least a 5-year turnaround for total completion. In other words, plan before you go.
Close to Loveland and Berthoud, But Not on Google Maps Just Yet
If you are going to drop by this outstanding place, remember it is about a short drive from downtown Loveland, Colorado. The Chimney Hollow is West of the Carter Lake Reservoir and close to Berthoud. The project is still so new it doesn’t show up on Google Maps or Google Earth. Therefore, you’ll need to stay updated by visiting their website or contacting parks and recreation to learn about closures and official openings.
“Construction will not be complete until 2025, at which point it will fill with water and by the end of the decade become a fully operational recreation area.” Jeff Drager, Project Manager
Regardless of the project’s completion, this may very well be one of the most popular destinations for visitors in Northern Colorado. Not to mention, the purpose of the reservoir will be to store much needed water for the western slope and will serve as the storage component completing Windy Gap. With the warm and dry climate produced by the sun, you can imagine the many reasons and how this will serve both residents and wildlife.
Other Lakes to Enjoy Till Chimney Hollow is Open
We know you’re eager to visit the new area, but we must all be patient. However, there are plenty of other spots for you to enjoy during the last part of summer. Other lakes and reservoirs in our area are:
- Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins
- Carter Lake Reservoir
- Boyd Lake
- Lake Loveland
- Alford Lakes
- Annex Reservoir
- Apache Lake
- Arrowhead Lake
- Azure Lake
- Bacon Lake
- Baker Lake
- Barnes Meadow Reservoir
- Bear Lake
- Bartel Reservoir
- Berthoud Reservoir
And that is just a few found in Larimer County. To see a full list, please visit www.lake-link.com
The Chimney Hollow Reservoir will provide an additional source of water to Northern Colorado, as well as recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Besides the Windy Gap Project and Big Thompson River project, this reservoir completes one more major aspect of Front Range Water District’s 25-year plan.