Mariana Butte Golf Course

Carter Lake Conditions

Park elevation: 5760'
Report last updated: 3/26/2015

Current Conditions

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Park situation


  • The North Boat ramp will be open for launching the last weekend of March, 28th and 29th from 8am-5pm.
  • Our boating season will then begin April 1st.  North Ramp open 7am-7pm. 
  • The shower house in the Eagle day use parking area is closed for the season.
  • The Dump Station on CR 8E is closed for the season.
  • The swim beach is closed for the season.  
  • Daily entrance permits are available for purchase at the automated pay stations on south CR 31 and west CR 8E, near the entrance station gates. The automated pay stations accept credit and debit cards only. Cash or checks will no longer be accepted at the self-service automated pay stations.

Effective Tuesday September 2nd, The Pinewood campgrounds will be closed until spring for a complete renovation.  The only fishing access will be the Fisherman's Cove parking lot.  There will be no camping available until the renovation is complete.

Fishing conditions

Carter recently stocked last fall with 10" trout.

All walleye longer than 21 inches in length, must be returned to the water immediately.

Daily bag limit for walleye is three (3) fish, 21 inches or less in length.

For more current conditions and stocking reports, check with the Division of Wildlife. Or join our fishing forum at to send and receive messages from fellow anglers and share your fishing knowledge!

Water level and boat ramps
  • The North Boat Ramp will be open for launching the last weekend of March, 28th and 29th from 8am-5pm.
    The North boat ramp will then open for our boating season April 1st from 7am-7pm for the 2015 season.
Water elevation
  • Maximum pool elevation - 5,759 ft.
  • Current pool elevation - 5,758 ft.
  • Water temperature - 35 degrees

Carter Lake Marina Store is scheduled to open for their season April 1st. Call (970) 667-1062 for questions or more information. Or you can visit their website at


Attention campers: If you do not have a reservation for a campsite, you will need to visit the Larimer County administrative office at 1800 South County Road 31 to purchase your campsite during the following hours:

  • Monday-Friday - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday -  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Camping fees will no longer be accepted at your campsite. A reservation for camping is highly recommended. You may now reserve a campsite one day in advance. To reserve a campsite, call (800) 397-7795 or visit

Camping reservations may now be made from 1-180 days in advance.

  • Eagle Campground Sites E3-E22 are open and reservable.
  • Flatiron Campground is open and reservable.
  • South Shore, North Pines, Big Thompson, and Lower Eagle (E23-E48) are open on a walk-in basis.  Purchase your campsite at the Administrative Office 1800 South County Road 31. 
  • Carter Knolls Campground will open April 1st.

Most water has been turned off for the winter.  Potable water is available near the restroom at Big Thompson Campground, at the picnic area in the Eagle Campground parking lot, and at Flatiron Campground site 29.



Mule deer and elk are plentiful this time of year. Keep in mind we want to keep the wildlife wild. Do NOT leave food out or otherwise feed the wildlife. Several bears have been spotted at the north end of Carter Lake.

Drive carefully as wildlife often gathers near the roads.

Park events

A complete list of upcoming events can be found at

See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.
Background Image: Mariana Butte Golf Course by Steve Moore. All rights reserved.