Natasha Lovato / NewsBreak Denver
(Douglas County, Colo.) Beating summer’s heat on the water is an option at Rueter-Hess Reservoir and Chatfield Reservoir. These two DougCo bodies of water offer space for families of all ages to practice stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, or kayaking.
Open to the public, the Chatfield Reservoir lies within Chatfield State Park.
The cost to enter the park is $10 per car for a day pass.
Because the reservoir is over 2.3 square miles, it is split into different areas with the Power Zone for motorized boating and the No Wake Zones at the southwest and southeast ends of the reservoir dedicated for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.
The reservoir is open through the fall but closes to boating from Dec. 1 to March 1 and when the water is frozen.
The main entrance to Chatfield State Park is located one mile south of C-470 on Wadsworth at 11500 N. Roxborough Park Rd. in Littleton.
The Rueter-Hess Reservoir in Castle Rock offers a more private option for families who want kayaking, paddle boarding, or canoeing.
The reservoir is not open to the public. To use it, register online for Summer Paddle Days every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until Sept. 5.
Registration costs $15 per person over eight years old.
Guests can bring gear or rent from Colorado SUP Sports, which offers rentals for stand-up paddle boards and kayaks. Every rental includes life jackets, paddles, and leashes. Rental prices start at $40 for two hours.