Williams Fork Reservoir



Owned and Operated by Denver Water
Recreation Manager: Denver Water
Reservations: Not accepted
Elevation: 7,814 feet (2,381 meters) — top of dam
Capacity: 96,822 acre feet (one acre foot=325,851 gallons)
Contact:
Arapaho National Forest: 970-887-4100
Bureau of Land Management: 970-724-3000
Colorado Parks and Wildlife: 303-291-7227
U.S. Forest Service: 719-545-8737

Directions

  • From Denver take Interstate 70 to the Highway 40 (Empire) exit.
  • Take Highway 40 past Empire, over Berthoud Pass, through Winter Park, Fraser, Tabernash, Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs until you reach the town of Parshall.
  • At Parshall turn left (south) on Route 3; follow the road to the Williams Fork entrance.

Seasonal Information

  • Open year-round but services are limited.
    • No drinking water on site. Please bring your own.
    • Fire wood is scarce. Please bring your own.
  • Snagging kokanee runs from Sept. 1 – Dec. 31. Check wildlife regulations for bag limits.

Recreation Opportunities

Map (PDF 1.18 MB)

  • Motorboating: Public boat ramp located at the east side campground. Effective May 14, the east boat ramp’s hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. The last day for boating is Oct. 30. All trailered boats must be inspected for aquatic nuisance species before entering the water. Only the east boat ramp can be used to launch motorized boats.
    • The reservoir is full at elevation 7,811 feet.
    • The boat ramp is unusable for most motorized craft when the water elevation is 7,790 feet or less.
  • Small watercraft, canoeing and kayaking: Only the west boat ramp may be used to launch small, car-top carried boats. Ramp is closed from one half-hour after sunset to one half-hour before sunrise daily.
  • Windsurfing: Windsurfing (sailboarding) permitted with full wet or dry suits.
  • Fishing: Reservoir stocked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Northern pike 26 - 34 inches must be returned to water immediately.
  • Ice fishing: Ice fishing when conditions permit. Denver Water does not monitor ice conditions and those entering onto the ice should be aware of changing ice conditions and proceed at their own risk.
  • Camping: The majority of camp sites are set-up for trailer or RV camping. There are some tent camping sites on the peninsula and east side camping grounds.
  • Hunting — big game: Big game hunting allowed in the area designated on the map (PDF 1.18 MB), but not within the “safe zones.”
  • Hunting — fowl: Waterfowl hunting also is allowed within designated boundaries on the map (PDF 1.18 MB) strictly in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Picnicking: The inlet picnic area is for day use only. No overnight camping is permitted on this site.
    Note: Water contact sports such as swimming, wading, scuba diving or other water activities are prohibited.