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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

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

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, the Timnath Reservoir shore use and fishing will be for the use and enjoyment for Timnath residents and their guests with no additional fee. GMA residents and Colorado anglers may pay the respective annual or day-use shore use or non-motorized boat permit fee to access to the Reservoir. GMA residents and Colorado anglers may not purchase a motorized boat permit at this time.

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?

Timnath Residents
Annual shore use passes are free of charge to Timnath residents and will be mailed out to residents by March 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.

GMA residents and Colorado Anglers

There will be no limit on GMA resident annual shore use permits or GMA resident day-use shore permits. The Town will issue 25 Colorado angler annual shore use permits per year and 10 Colorado angler day-use shore permits daily on a first come first serve basis. Annual permit fees are for a one year period ending December 31 of each year, regardless of when the permit is purchased. There will be no pro-rata discount for partial year annual permit purchases. Day-use permits may be picked up at the Town of Timnath Administration Building during regular business hours or purchased online at the Timnath website, a copy of the receipt will serve as the day-use permit. GMA residents will be required to enter their address and Colorado Angler’s will be required to provide their Colorado Fishing License number. If this information is found to be incorrect or falsified, admission to the reservoir will not be permitted.

  • Annual shore use permits will be $65
  • Senior shore use annual permits will be $30
  • Shore use permit will be $10 per day
  • Senior shore use permit will be $8 per day

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.

When can I purchase my boating permit(s) each year?

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

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: $300
  • Day use permit: $75
  • Late season permit (purchased after Labor Day): $100

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

Floaties are not allowed at this time because there is no beach area.

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 https://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

How many motorized boating permits are issued?

The Town will issue fifty (50) motorized boating permits and ten (10) day use motorized boating permits per year on a first come first serve basis. Motorized boating permits are limited to Timnath Residents and one per household.

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 Mondays that are designated national holidays.
  • No boating is allowed before dawn or after sunset.

Can Timnath GMA residents purchase a motorized boating permit?

No. At this time, motorized boating at the 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 much is a non-motorized boating permit?

Timnath Residents
Timnath 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: $30
  • Annual household boat permit: $60
  • Day use permit (one boat): $10
  • Late season permit: $20

GMA Residents and Colorado Anglers
GMA residents and Colorado anglers 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) or a day use permit.

  • Annual single boat and household boat permit: $100
  • Senior Annual single boat and household boat permit: $70
  • Day use single boat and household boat permit: $30
  • Senior Day use single boat and household boat permit: $15

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 https://timnath.org/forms/timnath-reservoir-boating-permit/.

  • Driver’s license
  • Current boat registration (Trolling motored fishing boat and sailboats only)
  • Proof of Timnath residency/Timnath GMA residency/Current and Valid Colorado Parks & Wildlife Fishing License
  • Signed and dated permit agreement and waiver
  • Payment
  • Place sticker on the right side (starboard) of each non-motorized boating permit

How many non-motorized boating permits are issued (Annual/Day-Use)?

The Town will issue one hundred (150) annual non-motorized boat permits (includes Timnath residents and GMA residents), twenty-five (25) Colorado angler annual non-motorized boat permits per year, ten (10) day use non-motorized boat permits daily (includes Timnath residents and GMA residents) and ten (10) Colorado angler day use non-motorized boat permits daily, all on a first come first serve basis. There is no limit on the number of boats per household for non-motorized boating permits.

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.

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

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 free of an additional fee, 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: https://timnath.org/forms/timnath-reservoir-boating-permit/ and you may pick up your permit(s), or staff will mail you your permit(s).  In the case of a day-use shore use or non-motorized boating permit, you may complete the online permit application and use your receipt as your permit.

Can I have a fire at the Timnath reservoir?

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

Is There Blue-Green Algae in the Reservoir?

At certain times of the year blue-green algae, technically known as cyanobacteria, is present in the reservoir. The algae is made up of microscopic organisms that are naturally present in lakes and streams. Under certain conditions, blue-green algae can become abundant – especially in warm, shallow, undisturbed, nutrient-rich surface waters that receive a lot of sunlight. When this occurs, blue-green algae can form blooms that discolor the water, or produce floating mats or scums on the water’s surface. It may be a harmful blue-green algae bloom if the water is blue-green, green, yellow, white, brown, purple, or red, has a paint-like appearance, or if there is scum on the water surface. Blue-green algae has been confirmed in the Timnath reservoir in previous years – typically towards the end of summer and into early fall. Because direct contact can cause health issues in humans and animals, it is recommended that people and their pets avoid contact with the algae. The Town does not actively treat the algae. Please see the precautions about blue-green algae below.

  • 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 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 and ice fishing is not allowed at this time.

More information can be found at: http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Fishing.aspx

What types of fish are in the Timnath Reservoir?
    • Black Crappie
    • Common Carp
    • Brown Trout
    • Rainbow Trout
    • Largemouth Bass
    • White Sucker
    • Balck Bullhead
    • Bluegill
    • Smallmouth Bass
    • Yellow Perch
    • Walleye/Saugeye

How does the 2018 fishing season look for Timnath Reservoir?

Fishing in 2018 should be excellent for walleye and largemouth bass.  During recent fish population sampling by Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Walleye planted in the reservoir have taken well in most years and were represented each year during sampling. Length frequency data from 2018 show a diverse size and age structure in the reservoir with walleye ranging from six to twenty-two inches. Adult walleye in Timnath Reservoir are a species at the top of the food web, relying primarily on recruitment and production of gizzard shad as their primary prey species. However, no gizzard shad were sampled in 2018 which is of some concern for the overall stability of the fishery. It is possible that shad were simply missed during 2017 sampling and are still present in good numbers. In 2018, the reservoir was near full pool during sampling and in previous years’ water levels have been drawn down substantially during sampling. Higher water levels generally lead to lower catch and could have been a factor impacting numbers in 2018. Walleye were still in above average condition so it appears they are still finding abundant prey in the reservoir.

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/

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
      • Town Administration Building (Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 5:00pm)
        • Dial 970.224.3211

Where can I see results from the 2017 Planning Survey?

You can see the results from the 2017 survey here:  2017 Planning Survey