A Day at the Aurora Reservoir

If you find yourself in Colorado and want to enjoy some of the states famed great outdoors, check out the Aurora Reservoir. Located about forty minutes outside of Denver, the Aurora Reservoir covers over 30,000 acres and includes over 800 acres of water surface. All that acreage makes the Aurora Reservoir one of Aurora’s biggest parks, and there are a multitude of fun and relaxing activities to experience there. The reservoir offers plenty of water activities like boating, fishing, and even windsurfing. Plus there’s plenty to do on dry land as well including hiking, biking, and even a nature center.

Those 800 acres of water make the Aurora Reservoir a great place to indulge all your favorite water activities. Once winter is over and the reservoir thaws (usually mid to late March) boating season begins. You’re welcome to bring your boat as long as it’s non-motorized. Gas tanks are not allowed on the reservoir. If you don’t have a boat, no worries, you can rent kayaks and paddle-boards to leisurely explore the lake.

While you’re cruising along and relaxing on the water be sure to try out the fishing. The reservoir is well-stocked and boasts a variety of fish from trout and perch to catfish. Make sure you brought your fishing license so you can cast a line and reel in some dinner. If you don’t catch any fish, all is not lost. You can still enjoy the gorgeous scenery and the abundance of wildlife at the reservoir. You’re bound to spy some cute waterbirds like gulls, ducks or herons, and if you’re lucky, you might see them catch the fish you didn’t. Right around the corner is Cherry Creek State Park.

If fishing and boating aren’t quite your thing, there are a variety of other water activities to partake in at the Aurora Reservoir. The reservoir offers windsurfing and scuba diving for the more adventurous. Or, beach bums can lay back and soak in the sun beachside along the shore of the reservoir.

If you’re are looking for something to do on land the Aurora Reservoir has plenty to offer as well. The area is one of Aurora’s largest parks and has an excellent hiking and biking trail. The trail circles around the reservoir and is a perfect way to take in the sights. You will encounter majestic views of the open prairie and mountains as you stroll along the trail. At 8.5 miles the path may be lengthy, but it’s suitable for all skill levels. So, relax and take the time to explore and immerse yourself in nature. Also, make sure to check out the Senac Creek Nature Center inside the park before you leave. At the center, you can learn a bit about the reservoir’s wildlife and ecosystems through interactive displays and games.

So, if you’re looking for a fantastic day on the water or just want to commune with nature, Aurora Reservoir has you covered. Come on out and enjoy all that one of Aurora’s largest and most scenic parks has to offer. There’s something for everyone at Aurora Reservoir.