Boating at Chatfield State Park
Boating is among the park’s most popular activities. You can enjoy water skiing, sailing, fishing or just cruising on the reservoir. Boats may be launched at either of our two boat ramps. The North Boat Ramps, located on the northwest side of the reservoir, have eight launch lanes and four courtesy docks. South Boat Ramp, located on the southeast side of the reservoir, has two launch lanes and one courtesy dock. The courtesy docks are available seasonally and will be removed when ice starts to form on the lake.
The reservoir can be quite busy during the summer season and is divided into use zones. The main body of the reservoir is the Power Zone. This area is for general boating and water skiing and has a counter clockwise direction of travel. There are also two large No Wake Zones at the southwest and southeast ends of the reservoir. These areas are great for fishing, canoeing or just taking a break. During times of peak use, the reservoir may reach boating capacity. When boating capacity is reached, rangers at the boat dock will not allow boats to launch until a vessel has left the reservoir. You can find a reservoir zone map at the link below.
Off-season boating can be very enjoyable. The reservoir closes to boating December 1 to February 28 OR ice off. During the off-season, many of the aids to navigation are not in place. Please recognize that not all hazards may be marked, so always use caution when boating.
All Colorado Boating Statutes and Regulations are enforced on the reservoir. Copies of current boating regulations are available at the entrance station, park office.
Aquatic Nuisance Species Inspections
In an effort to prevent the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) into Chatfield Reservoir, all trailered vessels must be inspected before launching. Inspections are conducted daily, 7 days a week, with the following hours of operation:
March 1st - March 31st: 6am to 6pm (North Ramps Only)
April 1st - April 30th: 6am to 6pm (Both Ramps)
May 1st - September 30th: 6am to 10pm (Both Ramps)
October 1st - October 31st: 6am to 6pm (Both Ramps)
November 1st - November 30th: 6am to 6pm (North Ramps Only)
We ask that you arrive with your vessel clean, drained, and dry. Launching is prohibited outside of these hours without proof of prior inspection in the form of a valid seal and receipt, which must be deposited at the Pre-Inspection Station. Click Here for more information.
Chatfield has a full service marina offering slip rentals, boat rentals, boat storage and Seagull’s restaurant. Please call the Marina for information at 303-791-5555 or www.chatfieldmarina.com. Services available seasonally. View the Chatfield State Park Map for marina location.
The swim beach on the west side of the reservoir is open from sunrise to sunset, Memorial Day through Labor Day. The swim beach has changing room facilities, complete with showers and restrooms, picnic areas with tables and small grills. The swim beach operates without lifeguards. Parents and adults need to monitor children at all times. Please check the home page for announcements regarding the swimbeach.