Denver lakes are open annually for boating on April 1 . Length of the boating season is subject to adequate water quality and lake depths.
A variety of "non-motorized" boating opportunities are offered on different lakes throughout the city:
Sloan's Lake is Denver's largest lake, which boasts 177 acres and can be used for both "non-motorized" and "motorized" boating.
All other lakes within the city are closed to boating activities. Boating permits are required and can be purchased at the Boat Ranger's Office. Learn more about boating safety guidelines from Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
|Motor Boat (insurance required)||$ 245|
|Rowboat, canoe, kayak||$49|
|Harbor (season)||$ 118|
A Denver City Boating Permit is required to launch any vessel. The permit sticker must be affixed to the starboard side in a visible place. Permits are nontransferable, and permit holders are accountable for the actions of boat drivers and passengers.
The permit season is subject to adequate water quality and lake depths. Boating permits can only be purchased at the Boat Ranger's Office during office hours or by appointment.
To purchase a boating permit, the following is required:
Refunds will not be issued once a permit is purchased.
Denver Parks & Recreation may revoke a permit without a refund for violation of any city rules and regulations, state boating statutes or city ordinances.
sunrise to sunset
9:00am to 20 min before sunset