Carter Lake has six campgrounds situated around its north, east, and south shores. The elevation here is about 5,760 feet. These campgrounds will accommodate anything from tents to large RVs. There are 107 campsites spread across six campgrounds. These campgrounds include: North Pines, Eagle, Lowell ’s Campground, Big Thompson, Carter Knolls, and South Shore . They vary widely as to the amenities that they provide. Most have good views. There is a dump station near the entrance to the park. Reservations are accepted and a Larimer County Parks Permit is required. These campgrounds are very popular and often fill most weekends. Campsites are reservable from April through October. Most sites are available on a first come first served basis from November through March.
The Big Thompson Campground is located just south of Dam 1 and contains eight campsites. They are arranged in a semi-figure eight pattern along the east shore of the lake. Each of the sites has a pull-through parking area. There is one vault toilet and a water hydrant in the campground. Vegetation is sparse offering little shade. There is some grass between the sites. You get great views of the lake from the campsites.
|8 sites||Next to stream or lake|
|Drinking water||Disabled facilities|
|One restroom||Elevation:5,760 feet|
|Reservations accepted April - October|
|Link to Larimer County Reservations|
Also reserve by calling: 1-800-397-7795
Larimer County Parks & Open Lands: 970-679-4570
FISHING: A variety of fish species are contained in Carter Lake.
BOATING: Water skiing and sailing are popular at Carter Lake.
Take Highway 34 west from Loveland to County Road 29. Turn south on CR 29 and travel about two miles to CR 18E. Turn west on CR18E and go about 2.2 miles to the entrance to CarterLake.
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