Horsetooth Reservoir, nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills near Fort Collins, Colorado, is a popular boating spot. Enforcing boating regulations there is a collaborative effort involving CPW and Larimer County Natural Resources, with rangers from both agencies patrolling the reservoir and issuing citations for rule violations. Additionally, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as the owners and operators of the reservoir, oversee the maintenance of boat ramps and other facilities.

GetMyBoat operators must also ensure compliance with local laws, covering permits, vessel requirements, and facility regulations while boating on Horsetooth Reservoir.

Short‐Term Concession License:

If you're operating rental boats on the reservoir, you must have permits for all your boats, which should be displayed prominently. Enforcement officers may check the Charter Boat Permit. Owners of these boats need to submit a permit application along with an updated Operation Plan. Please contact Larimer County for more information: (970)619-4570 or


To operate a for-hire vessel on the Horsetooth Reservoir all operators must have commercial insurance required. For more information please contact GetMyBoat's insurance partner BCI.

You are required to submit a Certificate of Insurance with the following information:

  • Issue holder: Larimer County
  • Address: 2000 West Oak Street Suite 4000 Fort Collins CO 80521

For additional information or to submit the Certificate of Insurance please email

Boating Safety Certificate:

The Boating Safety Certificate confirms your completion of an approved boater safety course, enabling you to operate motorboats, personal watercraft (PWC), or sailboats in Colorado if you're 16 or older. If necessary, have the card available for inspection by authorities on your vessel. More information can be found here.

Aquatic Nuisance Species(ANS) Stamp/Inspection:

Colorado residents must obtain the ANS Stamp when registering their boats and carry proof of purchase while operating the vessel. The stamp is valid for one year and must be purchased each year when registering a boat. Additionally, all boats must undergo an ANS inspection before entering Horsetooth Reservoir. Please visit CPW for more information


Every motorized or sail-powered boat used on public waters in Colorado must be registered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.Registration and registration renewals must be completed on an annual basis, and they remain valid from January 1 to December 31 each year.To initiate the boat registration process, fill out the Boat Registration Form.

Passenger Pick Up/ Drop Off:

Numerous locations offer designated passenger areas for boat rentals, ensuring convenient drop-offs and pickups. Before confirming your plans, it's crucial to review the pickup and drop-off guidelines with the marina or dock.

  • Horsetooth North Boat Ramp:Located at 1581508, Bellvue, CO 80512.

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