Timnath Reservoir splashes onto the 2014 summer fun scene

Timnath residents used to enjoying the irrigation reservoir northeast of town without getting a toe wet, now can use the stocked lake for boating and water skiing.

In March, the town board OK’d the use of kayaks, rowboats, and speed and pontoon boats 20-feet or shorter on Timnath Reservoir. Annual permits, available to town residents only, are required and range in price from $25 for non-motorized craft to $450 for motorized boats. Jet skis and inboard hydroplanes are prohibited, town manager April Getchius said.

From-shore fishing still is allowed and this season may be better than ever because the reservoir was stocked in April with about 800,000 walleye. These popular fish should provide eager anglers hours of summer challenges, as well as many tasty main courses, for years to come.

Timnath currently holds an annual lease on the reservoir, which continues to be a source of irrigation water for area farmland, town planner Matt Blakely said. The lease expires in August, but the town is negotiating a multi-year agreement with owner Cache la Poudre Reservoir Company, Getchius said.

Recreational use of the reservoir isn’t new. Blakely said previously a private boating club offered RV space and surface privileges. Once the town assumed control of the lake, the private club disbanded. Now all Timnath residents can enjoy summer water fun and explore the surrounding land’s natural trails. Recently added picnic tables augment park-like amenities and an improved boat launch improves access, Getchius said.

Blakely said planning is underway to make more improvements to the reservoir, including potable water, restrooms, primitive groomed trails and a small swim beach. These will make diverse activities, such as bird-watching, dog walking, bike riding and swimming highly user-friendly and encourage town folks to enjoy their lovely natural area, he said. When — and if — these improvements are made depends on public input and funding.

“We’re very excited to offer this opportunity to Timnath residents and look forward to their ongoing enjoyment of the reservoir,” Getchius said.

Alcohol consumption is prohibited at the reservoir and an on-site monitor will patrol for signs of boating under the influence. The Larimer County Sheriff’s department will handle enforcement.

Full rules and regulations are detailed in the Timnath Town Council Adopted Policy for reservoir use. Annual permits are subject to presentation of a signed Timnath Reservoir Boating Permit Application (available online), a signed Timnath Reservoir Permit Agreement and Waiver (available online), proof of residency in Timnath, a current and valid driver’s license (the number must be recorded on the permit application), current boat registration, and proof of insurance for motorized boats that include liability insurance in the minimum amount of $300,000 per accident and $100,000 per individual, including bodily damage. Permits are available at the Timnath Administration Building 4800 Goodman Street.

For additional information about the Timnath Reservoir, or for permit applications, visit http://www.timnathco.govoffice2.com/. You may also call the Town of Timnath at 970-224-3211.

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