Loveland Fishing Locations

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Here's where you can fish in Loveland

Download the City of Loveland Public Fishing Locations brochure (PDF)

Big Thompson River

From Wilson Ave. to US Hwy 287 (Big Thompson River access from Cottonwood Run Natural Area, Centennial Park, River’s Edge Natural Area, Fairgrounds and Barnes Parks and King’s Crossing Natural Area)

Boyd Lake State Park

3720 N. Cty. Rd. 11C (lake fishing)

Lake Loveland/South Shore Scenic Parkway

499 W. Eisenhower Blvd. (south shore, Lake Loveland)

Loveland Recycling Center Pond

400 N. Wilson Ave. (Wilson Ave. and Big Thompson River)

Morey Wildlife Reserve

5439 Cedar Valley Dr. (small section on Big Thompson River at north end only)

Namaqua Park & Natural Area

816 N. Namaqua Ave. (Big Thompson River access along park and natural area boundaries)

North Lake Park
2626 N. Taft Ave. (pond and Lake Loveland fishing)

Oxbow Natural Area

1135 & 1140 Rossum Dr. (Big Thompson River access)

River’s Edge Natural Area

960 W. 1st St. (5 ponds)

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are catch and release ONLY. Belly boats are permitted. No kayak fishing.

River's Edge fishing regulations

Other Area Fishing Locations

  • Big Thompson Canyon (Larimer County Areas: Glade, Narrows, Forks and Sleepy Hollow)
  • Big Thompson Ponds (Colorado Parks & Wildlife)
  • Boedecker Reservoir (Colorado Parks & Wildlife)
  • Carter Lake (Larimer County)
  • Flatiron Reservoir (Larimer County)
  • Horsetooth Reservoir (Larimer County)
  • Lon Hagler (Colorado Parks & Wildlife)
  • Pinewood Reservoir (Larimer County)
  • Simpson Ponds (Colorado Parks & Wildlife)
  • Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park (City of Loveland) – Big Thompson River access through park

Kayak Fishing in and near Loveland

Kayak fishing is not allowed on any of Loveland’s open lands properties, but there are great local opportunities at Boedecker Reservoir and Lon Hagler offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).  In addition, kayak fishing is allowed by Larimer County at Carter Lake, Pinewood and Horsetooth. Lastly, it is allowed at Boyd Lake State Park.

Belly boats and kayaks are treated differently. Only belly boats are allowed at River’s Edge because they are foot propelled and cause less impact on the natural environment.

Fishing is regulated by Colorado State Regulations. Site-specific regulations apply.

All persons age 16 and older are required to have a Colorado Fishing License.

Boy Holding FishGeneral Statewide Bag Limits*

  • Trout - 4 fish in aggregate
  • Walleye - 5 fish
  • Largemouth/Smallmouth Bass - 5 fish each species
  • White Bass/Wiper - 10 fish in aggregate
  • Crappie/Catfish/Bullhead - 10 fish each species
  • Yellow Perch/Bluegill/Sunfish - 20 fish in aggregate
  • Tiger Muskie - 1 fish, 36 inches or longer

*Additional bag & size limits may apply to individual waters.

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