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Wet & Wild Water Recreation

Cool off in Fort Collins during the summer with the abundant amount of water recreation available. The nearby Cache la Poudre River, Horsetooth Reservoir and surrounding bodies of water provide plenty of opportunities to kayak, raft, stand-up paddle board, swim, boat and more.

Jump into Horsetooth Reservoir

One of the best places to spend a sunny summer afternoon is on Fort Collins’ own Horsetooth Reservoir, located on the west side of town along the foothills of our local mountains. This popular summer destination offers 6.5 miles of water recreation opportunities from boating to Stand Up Paddling.

Raft the Cache la Poudre River

The Poudre River offers water recreation in a gorgeous mountain setting. This 126-mile-long river is Colorado’s only National Wild and Scenic River and offers excellent views of the surrounding Poudre Canyon and great recreation. While water is high, early in the season, the whitewater rafting is top class and when the water runs low, in the late summer season, Fly Fishing is at its best. Enjoy these two water recreation activities and stay cool all summer long in Fort Collins.

City Park Pool

City Park is one of Fort Collins’ oldest parks and is an iconic part of Fort Collins. It is the perfect place to enjoy a summer day with recreational activities, playgrounds galore, ball parks, a lake and of course a city pool! After a long day playing out in the sun make sure to cool off in the lake or pool!

Dodge Jumping Fountains in Oak Street Plaza

Oak Street Plaza is located in the heart of Downtown Fort Collins and is one of many places where art meets functionality around town. Here you can cool off during the summer in the plaza fountains. Let the kids loose and watch as they run through the shooting water cannons and play on the beautiful interactive art sculptures that spit streams of water. For those not playing in the water, enjoy the art in public places exhibited around the plaza and maybe even a picnic in one of the shaded areas.  

Chill Out at the Old Town Splash Pad

The iconic Old Town Square is a great place to bring the kids to cool off. The square features a jumping fountain feature that kids love to run through to cool off. Kids aren't the only ones having fun, however. Adults and dogs also love to run in between the fountains as gleefully as the little ones. 

Spring Canyon Park

Spring Canyon Park features inspiration playground which is an adaptive playground that has proven to be one of the most popular spots in Fort Collins. The water feature lives next to the playground and can be activated by three black touch sensors that are located on the floor of the splash pad. These sensors cause water to jump from spot to spot and shoot into the air; much to the delight of all the kids at play.

Fossil Creek Park

Fossil Creek Park is one of the largest community parks in Fort Collins. The park has so many different amenities, but one of the most popular is the water feature. It has a waterfall for all to splash through, and tons of dancing water spouts. It is located right by the lake at the water's edge, with large boulders and natural features, making it feel as if it's a part of the lake.

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Kayaking & Paddling

Stand Up Paddle Boarding, or SUP, in Colorado has exploded in popularity over the last few years. Because of our reservoirs, lakes, and rivers, Fort Collins plays host to some of the best SUPing spots...

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Swimming

Whether you’re looking to cool off in a splash park, swimming pool, or get some laps in, Fort Collins has options to suit any need. The following swimming pools are conveniently located...

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Rafting

Convenient access, clear water, challenging rapids and beautiful scenery make the Cache la Poudre a river-runner’s paradise from May through September for whitewater rafting. Rafts, canoes and...

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Fishing

The Cache la Poudre River is truly a hidden treasure, with majestic cliffs and intriguing rock formations enveloped in ponderosa and lodgepole pines, sagebrush, mountain mahogany and aspen.

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