Reservoir FAQ

The Town leases Timnath Reservoir for the enjoyment of Timnath residents and their guests only.  All guests must be accompanied by a Timnath resident pass holder.  Whether Boating, fishing, swimming, or picnicking we hope you’ll make the Reservoir a regular part of your life in Timnath.

“Shore Use” passes are issued by the Town to all current residents at no charge.  Activities such as operating a motorized or non-motorized boat, fishing from a boat, water skiing and swimming from a boat, require assorted “Surface Use” passes and permits.  These permits and passes are available to Timnath residents for a fee.  For your convenience, application can be made, and fees paid, online.

The FAQs below should answer any questions you may have.  If you need additional information feel free to call the Timnath Administration Offices at: 970-224-3211.

Timnath Reservoir FAQ

What is the usage policy for the Timnath Reservoir?

The Town leases Timnath Reservoir for the enjoyment of Timnath residents. The Policy concerning Timnath Reservoir usage was approved in 2014 and has been most recently amended August 9, 2016. You may access this policy at: Timnath Reservoir Use Policy (pdf)

Who can use the Timnath Reservoir?

At this time, Timnath Reservoir is restricted to the use and enjoyment of Timnath Residents and their guests. All guests must be accompanied by a Timnath resident pass holder.

How do I access the Timnath Reservoir?

You may access Timnath Reservoir off Buss Grove (CR40) just west of Bidens Gate.

What can I do at the Timnath Reservoir?

Shore Use: fishing from the shore, picnicking and general recreation on the shore. This requires a shore use pass, issued by the Town to all current residents at no charge, hiking, dog walking (on leash and pick up and removal of all pet waste).

Surface Water Use: Operating a motorized boat or a non-motorized boat, fishing from a boat, water skiing and swimming from a boat. All of these activities require a motorized or non-motorized boating permit, approved to the water craft for the current year, issued by the Town for a fee.

How do I get an annual shore use pass?

Annual shore use passes are free of charge to Timnath residents and will be mailed out to residents by February 1st each year. Hang this pass on your review mirror in your vehicle when you park to use the Timnath Reservoir. You will not be able to have access to the reservoir without a shore use pass. If you walk or jog to the reservoir be sure to carry your pass with you. If you did not receive a shore use pass, or if you lost your pass, please come to the Timnath Administration Building at 4800 Goodman Street, Timnath, CO 80457 with proof of residency, and staff will be more than happy to provide you with a new or replacement pass.

How many motorized or non-motorized boating permits are issued?

The Town will issue fifty (50) motorized and one hundred (100) non-motorized boat permits per year on a first come first serve basis. Motorized boating permits are limited to one per household. There is no limit on the number of boats per household for non-motorized boating permits.

What constitutes as a motorized boat?
  • 24’ max length
  • In board or out board, single engine greater than 10 Hp
  • Does not include jet skis or inboard hydroplanes
  •  40 mph max

How much is a motorized boating permit?

Residents have the option of purchasing an annual pass, a day use pass and a late season pass.

  • Annual permit: $250
  • Day use permit: $50
  • Late season permit (purchased after Labor Day): $50

What are the requirements to purchase a motorized boating permit?

Boating permits are non-transferable and non-refundable. You may apply in person at the Administration Building at 4800 Goodman Street or you may apply online at http://timnath.org/forms/timnath-reservoir-boating-permit/.

  • Driver’s license
  • Current boat registration (motorized and sailboats only)
    • Resident must be listed on registration
  • Proof of insurance (motorized only)
    • Resident must be listed on insurance
    • Liability insurance in the minimum amount of $300,000 per accident and $100,000 per individual, including bodily damage. Binders, application, or receipts are not acceptable. A copy of the insurance certificate will be kept on file.
  • Proof of Timnath residency
  • Signed and dated Timnath permit agreement and waiver
  • Payment
  • Place sticker on the right side of each motorized boat

When can I go motorized boating?
  • There is a limit of ten (10) motorized boats on the reservoir at any one time.
  • Motorized boat operations are limited to Thursday through Saturday and the first and third and fifth Sunday of the Month from 7:00am to 7:30pm or sunset, whichever is earliest.
  • Motorized boating is allowed on the first, third, and fifth Sunday of the Month.
  • Motorized boating is allowed on Mondays that are designated national holidays.
  • No boating is allowed before dawn or after sunset.

How much is a non-motorized boating permit?

Residents have the option of purchasing an annual single boating permit, an annual household boat permit (no limit on the number of non-motorized boats and each boat must have a permit sticker), a day use permit and a late season permit.

  • Annual single boat permit: $25
  • Annual household boat permit: $50
  • Day use permit: $10
  • Late season permit: $20

What constitutes as a non-motorized boat?
  • Trolling Motored fishing boat, as defined as 10 Hp Motor or less
  • Less than 24’ long
  • Sailboat
  • Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Board
  • Canoe
  • Kayak
  • Paddle Boat
  • Belly Boats

What are the requirements to purchase an annual non-motorized boating permit?

Boating permits are non-transferable and non-refundable. You may apply in person at the Administration Building at 4800 Goodman Street or you may apply online at http://timnath.org/forms/timnath-reservoir-boating-permit/.

  • Driver’s license
  • Current boat registration (motorized and sailboats only)
  • Proof of Timnath residency
  • Signed and dated permit agreement and waiver
  • Payment
  • Place sticker on the right side of each non-motorized boating permit

When can I go non-motorized boating?
  • Non-motorized boat operations are allowed Monday through Sunday from 7:00am to 7:30pm or sunset, whichever is earliest.
  • No boating is allowed before dawn or after sunset.
  • All non-motorized boats must have a current year sticker affixed to the boat when on the reservoir.

Can my friends who aren’t Timnath residents use my boat?

Only non-resident family members of the permit holder (permit holder must be a Timnath resident) may use the reservoir, but the permit holder is accountable for the actions of the boat driver. Non-resident family members must be declared at the time of the permit application.

Do I have to come into the Administration Building to receive a permit?

No, you may complete the boating permit application at: http://timnath.org/forms/timnath-reservoir-boating-permit/ and you may pick up your permit(s), or staff will mail you your permit(s).

When in the year can I begin to purchase a boating permit?

Sale of boating permits will commence in the first week of January.

What are the fishing rules?

Fishing is governed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. All anglers must have a valid Colorado State fishing license as well as a Timnath reservoir shore pass and boating permit (if fishing from a boat). Bow fishing is not allowed. You may learn more information at http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Fishing.aspx

What types of fish are in the Timnath Reservoir?
  • Walleye
  • Gizzard shard
  • Common carp
  • Largemouth bass
  • Black bullhead
  • White sucker
  • Bluegill
  • Black Crappie
  • White Bass

What types of fish are in the lake next to Walmart?
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Channel Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Black Crappie
  • Seasonal Rainbow Trout

How does the 2017 fishing season look for Timnath Reservoir?

Fishing in 2017 should be excellent for walleye and large mouth bass. During recent fish population sampling by Colorado Parks & Wildlife, in total 55 walleye were caught, largest was 23 inches. The average size was 15 inches which makes a good meal. The large grouping of walleye is indicative of a very successful stocking during the spring of 2014. There are not specific length regulations on either the walleye or large mouth but the bag and possession limit is 5. The size on the large mouth was incredible; the average bass was over 15 inches, which is pretty rare in Colorado. Although, we did not find any crappie or bluegill I can almost guarantee we simply missed them based on the time of year we surveyed. The walleye are primarily consuming gizzard shad, which we found plenty of. The walleye and bass are in very good condition, as relative weights on average were well above normal.  100,00 Walleye fry were stocked in the reservoir on May 1, 2017.

What types of birds can be seen at the reservoir?

The Timnath Reservoir is a popular bird-watching destination and supports a diverse population of birds.

  • Bald Eagle
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Canada Goose
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American Coot (red-shielded)
  • Mallard
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Horned Grebe
  • American Wigeon
  • Gadwall
  • Redhead
  • Common Merganser
  • And many more!

 

You may find more information at the Fort Collins Audubon Society at http://www.fortcollinsaudubon.org/

Is swimming or floating on a raft allowed?

No, because there is no designated beach area, swimming or floating on a raft is not allowed at this time.

Can I have a fire at the Timnath reservoir?

No, fires of any kind other than in a designated portable camp stove can be use for cooking at the Timnath reservoir? Propane grills are allowed.  Charcoal grills are not.

What is the deal with the algae?

The presence of blue-green algae has been confirmed in the Timnath reservoir. Direct contact can cause health issues in humans and animals. The Town is not actively treating for algae.

  • Do not drink water or cook with water from the reservoir.
  • Keep children away from algae and scum in the water along the shoreline.
  • Avoid contact with algae, scum and the water around it.
  • Do not swim or wade near algae or scum.
  • Clean fish well with fresh water and discard guts.
  • Do not allow pets or livestock to enter or drink the water.
  • If, after being in the reservoir, you or your animals have sudden or unexplained sickness, call your doctor or veterinarian.

What do I do in case of an emergency?
  • For emergencies, you may call the following:
    • Emergency
      • Dial 911
    • For non-emergencies, you may call the following:
      • Sheriffs Dispatch (non-emergency, but officer needed)
        • Dial 970.416.1985
      • Timnath Police Department (Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 5:00pm)
        • Dial 970.224.3211
      • Town Administration Building (Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 5:00pm)
        • Dial 970.224.3211

Are there detailed shore drawings of the Timnath Reservoir?

Yes. There are two detailed drawings available below. Click to enlarge.

Detailed Drawing – Overall Reservoir                 Detailed Drawing – South Shore