Larimer County State Trust Lands, Wildlife Areas and Fish Units


A black bear in the weeds
A black bear in the weeds

Larimer County State Trust Lands

 
Arrowhead
Go 2.25 miles west into Poudre Canyon from Rustic on Highway 14. There's 1/4 mile of highway frontage on the north side of the property.
ACRES: 200
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Deer, elk, bighorn sheep, rabbit, blue grouse, pine squirrel
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Bull Mountain
Take US 287 north from Fort Collins to Cherokee Park Road (CR 80C). Then go west 35 miles. CR 80C runs across southeast corner of the property. There's a two-track road that runs into the southwestern part.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Big game, small game
RESTRICTIONS: Motorized vehicles prohibited off county roads; foot or horseback access only.
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Dry Creek North
From US 87, go about 50 miles west on CR 80C (Cherokee Park Road) to CR 103. Turn and go north on Bull Mountain Access Road, then 5 miles northeast to property (northeast of Shell Creek). Some OHV roads access the property but no established roads.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback access only.
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Eagle Canyon
Take Highway 34 west of Loveland to Big Thompson School, then go 4 miles north on CR 27 (Buckhorn Road) to Masonville. Continue northwest on Buckhorn Mountain Road for 2.5 miles to Storm Mountain Road. Turn and go 2.5 miles west on Storm Mountain Road to access sign on National Forest land. From there it's by foot or horseback 1.5 miles to the property.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: September 1 to May 31
HUNTING: Elk, deer, small game
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Horse Ranch Pass
Go 22 miles north of Fort Collins on US 287 to CR 80C (Cherokee Park Road). Head west on CR 80C for 40 miles to CR 103, turn and go north to Bull Mountain Road, then go 4 miles northeast. Parking is on adjacent BLM land. Timber activity may be present. Access is by rough 4WD road with no turnaround for trailers.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Elk, deer, pronghorn
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback access only.
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Jimmy Creek
Go 50 miles west of Fort Collins on Highway 14, then turn north on Laramie River Road 103 and go 23 miles to Bull Mountain Road. Turn and go east 1.25 miles to BLM and property boundary. Property is bordered on east, north and west by BLM.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Elk, deer, pronghorn, small game
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback access only.
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LaGarde Creek
Take Highway 14 west from Fort Collins for 50 miles, then turn north on CR 103 (Laramie River Road) and go 28 miles to Hohnholz Lakes. From there go west 15 miles on FSR 200, then south on FSR 143 and east on FSR 207.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: September 1 to February 28 for hunting, year round for fishing.
HUNTING: Deer, elk, black bear
FISHING: LaGarde Creek for brookies and browns
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback access only.
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Meadow Creek
Go 22 miles north of Fort Collins on US 287 to CR 80C (Cherokee Park Road), then go 10 miles west to Middle Cherokee Management Area. Property is in and adjacent to middle unit.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: Year round for wildlife related activities north of CR 80C, September 1 to February 28 for hunting south of CR 80C.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, pronghorn, small game
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback access only south of CR 80C; vehicle access north of CR 80C only when Middle Cherokee Management Area open to vehicles; only certified weed-free hay allowed.
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North Rabbit Creek
Go 22 miles north from Fort Collins on US 287 to CR 80C (Cherokee Park Road), then go 6 miles west to Lower Cherokee Management Area. Follow access road southwest for 1/2 mile.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: Year round for fishing and small game, August 15 to January 31 for big game.
HUNTING: Deer, elk, pronghorn, small game
RESTRICTIONS: No parking; foot or horseback access only except during big game season when vehicle access to Rabbit Creek State Wildlife Area allowed; activities not listed prohibited from September 1 to May 1.
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Pass Creek
From US 287, go 40 miles west on CR 80C (Cherokee Park Road) to CR 103, then go west to CR 190. Turn on CR 190 and go another 5 miles to western boundary of property.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Deer, elk, pronghorn, small game
RESTRICTIONS: Access permitted from south side where property adjoins National Forest land; foot or horseback access only.
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Pfister Draw
Go 22 miles north of Fort Collins on US 287 to Cherokee Park Road (CR 80C). Turn and go west to CR 103 (Four Corners). Then go north 7 miles to properties. For west property: turn off FR 200 and go west 5 miles. Sections 25 and 36 accessed off CR 103, which cuts through southwest corner of Section 36. Section 34 is 5 miles west of CR 103 on FR 200, then go north 1 mile on BLM two-track road.
ACRES: 1,920
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Pronghorn, small game
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback access only.
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Poudre River
Leave Fort Collins on US 287 north to Ted's Place (a well-marked turn off), then either go west on Highway 14 for 1.7 miles to property or go north on US 287 for 3 miles. Highway 14 access is north and east of the road, or through Gateway Park when that is open.
ACRES: 5,760
OPEN: Year round for fishing as posted, September 1 to February 28 for hunting.
HUNTING: Deer, small game
FISHING: Cold water stream (Poudre River, North Fork of Poudre and Seaman Reservoir).
RESTRICTIONS: Access permitted from Highway 14 and National Forest; no public access east of US 287; foot or horseback access only.
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Steinhoff Hill
Go north from Fort Collins on US 287 about 16 miles to CR 74E at The Forks. Turn and go west on CR 74E for 4 miles, then go north on CR 37 for 1/2 mile.
ACRES: 480
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Big game, small game
RESTRICTIONS: Big game hunting only by archery; small game hunting only by archery or shotguns not firing single slugs; foot or horseback access only.
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Steven's Gulch
Go north from Fort Collins on US 287 to CR 74E (Red Feather Lakes Road). Go west on CR 74E to USFS road near mile marker 11, then follow USFS road south until it enters National Forest. Access from this point is by foot or horseback across Forest Service land. No public access directly to property boundary.
ACRES: 500
OPEN: September 1 to February 28
HUNTING: Big game, small game
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback access only.

 

Larimer County State Wildlife Areas

 
Bellaire Lake
Except for float tubes and hand-propelled watercraft, boating is prohibited.
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Big Thompson Ponds
Go 5 miles east of Loveland on Highway 402 to I-25 Frontage Road, then 3/4 mile north to underpass, go through underpass, then 1/4 mile further north.
ACRES: 51
HUNTING: Small game, dove, waterfowl
FISHING: Warm water ponds
RECREATION: Wildlife observation, picnicking
FACILITIES: Rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS:

  • Minimum size for largemouth and smallmouth bass is 15".
  • No boating allowed, except for float tubes used for fishing.
  • No dog training, camping, fires, bicycling, or horseback riding allowed.
  • Discharging firearms or bows prohibited except when hunting.
  • Closed 1 hour after sunset to 1 hour before sunrise except for fishing or hunting with night permit.

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Bliss
Go 5 miles north of LaPorte on US 287 to Highway 14, then go 41 miles west.
ACRES: 352
HUNTING: Elk, deer, bighorn sheep, small game, blue grouse
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS: No boat launchings or takeouts allowed.
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Boedecker Reservoir
In Loveland, go 2 miles west on 1st Street to CR 21, then 1/2 mile south.
ACRES: 308 acres of water
HUNTING: Waterfowl, dove
FISHING: Warmwater lake
RECREATION: Wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Boat ramp
RESTRICTIONS:

  • No boating allowed that creates a whitewater wake.
  • No fishing from boats allowed November 1 to end of waterfowl season.
  • No sailboards, horseback riding, camping or fires allowed.
  • No discharging of firearms or bows allowed except when hunting.
  • Closed 1 hour after sunset to 1 hour before sunrise except for fishing or hunting with a night permit.

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Cherokee
HUNTING: Elk, deer, small game, dove, blue grouse
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Hiking, camping, wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS:

  • Motor vehicles allowed on established roads as posted.
  • Except for hunting and fishing, closed September 1 to May 1.
  • Hunting and fishing access after last big game season by foot only.
  • Bicycle and horseback riding restricted to designated roads and trails, except horses used to hunt big game.

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Dixon Lake
RESTRICTIONS:

  • Minimum size of smallmouth and largemouth bass is 15".
  • Float tubes or watercraft propelled by hand, wind or electric motor only.
  • No hunting allowed.

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Douglas Reservoir
From Wellington exit on the I-25 go 5.5 miles on Highway 1 to CR 15, then 1 mile north on CR 15 to CR 60, then 1/4 mile west to La Vina Drive, then north on La Vina Drive to property.
RESTRICTIONS:

  • Closed except for fishing.
  • Boating that creates a whitewater wake is not allowed.
  • No camping, fires, hunting, sailboats, sailboards, ice skating, ATV's, dirt bikes, snowmobiles or discharging firearms or bows allowed.

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Dowdy Lake
Go 1 mile northeast of town of Red Feather Lakes on USFS Road.
ACRES: 120 acres of water
HUNTING: Waterfowl
FISHING: Coldwater lake
RECREATION: Hiking, camping, boating
FACILITIES: Campgrounds, rest rooms, boat ramp
RESTRICTIONS: No boating allowed that creates a whitewater wake.
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Forks
RESTRICTIONS:

  • No camping, fires, hunting or target practice allowed.
  • Closed from 1 hour after sunset to 1 hour before sunrise.
  • Closed except to walk-ins only November 1 to March 31.

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Frank
From Windsor exit on the I-25, go 2.3 miles east on Highway 392 to CR 13, then go 1/2 mile south to property.
ACRES: 640
HUNTING: Deer, small game, pheasant, dove, waterfowl
FISHING: Warm water ponds
RESTRICTIONS:

  • Minimum size for largemouth and smallmouth bass is 15".
  • Unless you are hunting, don't be shooting the gun or the bow.
  • No fires or camping allowed.
  • Hunting allowed only with shotguns or bows.
  • Boating that creates a whitewater wake not allowed.
  • During regular waterfowl season reservations are required, call 800-846-9453 for info.
  • Mandatory check in and check out for hunting.
  • Waterfowl hunting limited to established zones.
  • No habitat stamp required if you stay on the bike path.

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Hohnholz Lakes
At upper end of Poudre Canyon on Highway 14, go 30 miles north on CR 103 (Laramie River Road).
ACRES: 80 acres of water, 1 mile of river.
HUNTING: Waterfowl
FISHING: Cold water lake, cold water stream
RECREATION: Wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS:

  • Only boats allowed are float tubes or watercraft powered by hand, wind or electric motor.
  • Only camping allowed is in Laramie River camping area.
  • Grace Creek Road closed December 1 to August 15.
  • No sailboards allowed.
  • Hohnholz Lake #3: Artificial flies and lures only, Bag & Possession limit for trout is 4.

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Lon Hagler
Go 3.25 miles west of Campion on CR 14W to CR 21S, then 1.5 miles north.
ACRES: 181
FISHING: Warm water, cold water
RECREATION: Archery range, nature trail, wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS:

  • No fishing in inlet structure or annex pond.
  • Minimum size for largemouth and smallmouth bass is 15".
  • No boating allowed that creates a whitewater wake.
  • No dog training from September 1 to last day of waterfowl season.
  • No sailboards, sailboats, bicycling, target practice, horseback riding, camping or fires allowed.

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Lone Tree Reservoir
Go 3.5 miles west of Campion on CR 14W to Lone Tree Drive, then go 1 mile south on access road.
ACRES: 502 water acres
HUNTING: Waterfowl, dove
FISHING: Warm water lake
RECREATION: Wildife observation
FACILITIES: Shade shelters, boat ramps, rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS:

  • Minimum size for smallmouth and largemouth bass, walleye, saugeye and wipers is 15".
  • Only 1 walleye or saugeye in the agregate longer that 21" allowed per day.
  • No camping, fires, sailboats, sailboards, horseback riding or bicycling allowed.
  • No fishing in outlet canal as posted.
  • Heron nesting area closed as posted.
  • Unless you are hunting, don't be discharging the gun or bow. And even then, discharging weapons may be prohibited by posting.
  • Closed from 1 hour after sunset to 1 hour before sunrise except for fishing or hunting with a night permit.
  • No dog training allowed from Deptemebr 1 to last day of waterfowl season.

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Narrows
RESTRICTIONS:

  • No camping, hunting, fires or target shooting allowed.
  • Open from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset only.
  • Except for walk-ins only, closed from November 1 to March 31.

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North Fork

Go 1/2 mile west of Drake on Devil's Gulch Road.
FISHING: Cold water stream
RESTRICTIONS: Closed to everything except fishing.
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Parvin Lake
Go 2 miles east of Red Feather Lakes on Red Feather Lakes Road.
ACRES: 62 water acres, 180 land acres
HUNTING: Waterfowl
FISHING: Cold water lake, artificial flies and lures only, Bag & Possession limit for trout is 2.
RECREATION: Wildlife observation, hiking
FACILITIES: Rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS:

  • No fishing allowed in inlet (Lone Pine Creek) from lake upstream to CR 74E (Red Feather Lakes Road) as posted.
  • Only boating allowed is float tubes for fishing.
  • Fishermen must enter through check station gate and check in and out if station is open.

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Poudre River
Go 5 miles north of LaPorte on US 287 to Highway 14, then go 1.5 miles west.
ACRES: 395
HUNTING: Deer, small game
FISHING: Coldwater stream
RECREATION: Picnicking, rafting, hiking, wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Raft take-out, rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS: No camping allowed; Unless you're hunting don't discharge the firearm or bow; Habitat stamp not required in areas posted as City of Fort Collins Open Space.
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Simpson Ponds
From exit #255 on the I-25, go 2 miles west on Highway 402 to CR 9E, then 1/2 mile north to property.
ACRES: 44
HUNTING: Waterfowl, dove
FISHING: Warmwater ponds
RECREATION: Wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS:

  • Only boating allowed is float tubes for fishing.
  • No fires, camping, bicycling, horseback riding or dog training allowed.
  • Unless you're hunting, don't be discharging the firearms or bows.
  • Closed from 1 hour after sunset to 1 hour before sunrise except for fishing or hunting with a night permit.

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Storm Mountain Access Road
Go 3.75 miles northwest of Masonville on CR 27 to road.
RESTRICTIONS: Road closed as posted to prevent further road and habitat damage.
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Twin Sisters
Go 4 miles north of Allenspark on Highway 7 to Meeker Park (USFS Road 119), then go 2.5 miles north to USFS Road 325, then turn and go west 1 mile.
ACRES: 640
HUNTING: Elk, deer, blue grouse
RECREATION: Hiking, wildlife observation
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Watson Lake
Go 7 miles northwest of Fort Collins on US 287 to Rist Canyon Road (CR 52E), then go 1 mile west.
ACRES: 139
FISHING: Cold water stream, warm water lake
RECREATION: Picnicking, wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Nature trails, rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS:

  • No camping, boating, ice fishing, hunting, ice skating, or discharging firearms allowed.
  • No parking allowed on south dam.
  • Northwest side is closed as posted.
  • No use or possession of live minnows allowed.
  • Closed from 1 hour after sunset to 1 hour before sunrise except for fishing.
  • Fishing restricted at Horsepasture Pond to youths 15 or younger.

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Wellington Reservoir #4 & Smith Lake
Go west from the I-25 exit at Wellington for 0.3 miles on Highway 1 to CR 7, then go 1.4 miles north to CR 66, then turn and go west 2 miles.
ACRES: Wellington Reservoir #4: 105 acres. Smith Lake: 30 acres
RECREATION: Wildlife observation, picnicking
RESTRICTIONS:

  • No boating allowed that creates a whitewater wake.
  • No camping, open fires, hunting, discharging firearms or bows, OHV's, or snowmobiles allowed.
  • No sailboards allowed on Wellington Reservoir #4.
  • Closed from 1 hour after sunset to 1 hour before sunrise except for fishing.

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Wellington
Several units, all northeast of I-25 and Highway 14 intersection
HUNTING: Pheasant, waterfowl, dove, small game
RECREATION: Wildlife observation, hiking
RESTRICTIONS:

  • Only watercraft propelled by hand to hunt waterfowl allowed.
  • No fires or camping allowed.
  • Wellington and Schware units closed from March 15 to July 15.
  • Big game hunting restricted to archery, shotguns with slugs, and muzzleloaders.
  • Horseback riding generally not allowed.
  • Target practice must be authorized by area wildlife manager.

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West Lake
Go 1 mile east of Red Feather Lakes on Red Feather Lakes Road.
ACRES: 38 water acres
HUNTING: Waterfowl
FISHING: Cold water lake
RECREATION: Fishing, camping, wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Drinking water, campground, rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS: Only boating allowed is float tubes and watercraft propelled by hand.

 

Larimer County State Fish Units

 
Bellvue
Go north of Fort Collins on US 287 to LaPorte. Just north of LaPorte turn and go west on CR 28.
ACRES: 58
RECREATION: Limited tours, limited public use.
RESTRICTIONS: No hunting; no dogs allowed.
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Poudre River
Go 5 miles north of LaPorte on US 287 to Highway 14, then turn and go 38 miles west.
ACRES: 460
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Limited tours, hiking, picnicking, wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS: No hunting in designated safety zone as posted; No camping, dogs, boat launching or takeouts (from the river) allowed.
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Watson Lake
Go 7 miles northwest of Fort Collins on US 287 to CR 28 (Rist Canyon Road), turn and go 1 mile.
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Limited tours
FACILITIES: Rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS: No dogs or hunting allowed; Closed along west bank of Poudre River next to employee housing.

 
Elk in a meadow
Elk in a meadow
 

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