Boating and Fishing

Boating Regulations
  • No boating on Bass Lake
  • Boating only in/with hand or wind-powered vessels
  • There is an active Great Blue Heron rookery or heronry on the island at Tabor Lake. Because they are protected under certain Federal laws, Tabor Lake is closed to boating during their nesting period, generally March 1 through August 1.
  • No persons are allowed on the islands in West Lake or Tabor Lake at any time
  • There is no special City boat registration required.
  • All State boating regulations apply; most importantly, the presence and preferable wearing of a life vest and required registration or proper labeling of vessels (boat type dependent).
  • Boating on Clear Creek is not allowed due to hazards in the Creek which include but are not limited to bridges with inadequate clearance during various flow rates and unpredictable debris locations. 
  • Tubing is not allowed on Clear Creek. Tubing violates the "must be a multiple chambered vessel regulation" having only one chamber, and, in many cases, life vests or personal flotation devices (PFDs) generally are not worn.
  • Kayaking, canoeing and rafting can occur, but generally the water level limits this activity most of the year.
Fishing Regulations
  • All lakes are stocked with warm water species, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, blue gill, crappie, etc. Stocking schedules vary.
  • All state size and catch limits apply.
  • Flies and lures only for fishing Bass and West Lakes on the south side of Clear Creek.
  • Bait fishing, flies and lures may be used at Prospect and Tabor Lake on the north side of Clear Creek.
  • For more fishing information, see Colorado Parks and Wildlife and/or Stocking Reports.