Beat the heat in a pool or lake
Summer heat is no joke, and swimming is great exercise and it’s most kids’ favorite summertime activity. Not everyone has a neighborhood pool right down the street, so we’ve collected a list of fun and accessible places to swim in northern Colorado.
City Park Pool ( www.fcgov.com/recreation/cityparkpool )
1599 City Park Dr, In Fort Collins City Park, 970-221-6658
Outside pool, features slides, and little kids’ water park, concessions.
Horsetooth Reservoir ( www.larimer.org/naturalresources/parks/horsetooth-reservoir )
While swimming is allowed most places in the reservoir, there is a swimming beach, specifically. Larimer County roads 38E and 23, west of Fort Collins.
Fee: $7 per vehicle daily
Mulberry Pool ( www.fcgov.com/recreation/mulberrypool.php )
424 W Mulberry St, Fort Collins, 970-221-6657
Inside pool, features lap lanes, diving board, slides.
Discovery Bay Pool ( www.greeleygov.com/activities/recreation/aquatics )
715 E 24th St, Greeley, 970-350-9485
Features water park, big and small slides, and lots of space for families to set up with tables and umbrellas.
Greeley Recreation Center Pool ( www.greeleygov.com/activities/recreation/aquatics )
651 10th Ave, Greeley, 970-350-9400
Indoor pool featuring lap swimming, open swim, and lessons of all types.
Boyd Lake ( https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/boydlake )
Larimer County Road 11C between Fort Collins and Loveland
Fee: $8 per vehicle daily
Carter Lake ( www.larimer.org/naturalresources/parks/carter-lake )
Larimer County Road 31, about 7 miles southwest of Loveland.
The only place you can legally swim is the Carter Lake swim beach located at Carter Lake Dam No. 2 on the east side of the lake.
Fee: $8 per vehicle per day
700 E 4th St, Loveland, 970-962-2386
Indoor ap, leisure pool with play features, and outdoor and indoor hot tub are open; steam room is coming soon.
Lake Loveland Swim Beach ( www.lovgov.org/services/parks-recreation/parks-facilities/parks-reservation-spaces/north-lake-park )
2626 N. Taft Ave., Loveland, 970-962-2727
At the time of print, the beach was not yet open due to filling lifeguard positions; check the website for opening dates.
Winona Outdoor Pool ( www.lovgov.org/Home/Components/ServiceDirectory/ServiceDirectory/102/1765 )
1615 Fourth St. SE, (adjacent to Osborn Park), Loveland, 970-962-2435
Features a large, cyclone slide and is near a playground. Offers swimming lessons and classes.
Chimney Park Pool ( https://www.recreationliveshere.com/166/Chimney-Park-Pool )
421 Chimney Park Dr. Windsor, 970-674-0826
Outdoor pool with separate kiddie pool, concessions and water slide.
Windsor Community Recreation Center (https://www.recreationliveshere.com/167/Community-Recreation-Center)
250 North 11th St., Windsor, 970-674-3500Windsor250 North 11th Street
Lap lanes, lazy river, hot tub, zero-depth entry with play feature.