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Rueter-Hess Recreation

Rueter-Hess Recreation

Nestled in the sandstone-rimmed bluffs and Gamble Oak valleys of northeastern Douglas County, Rueter-Hess Reservoir beckons history buffs, day hikers, dog walkers, water-sport enthusiasts, and local anthropologists alike. 

With that in mind, we recommend booking in advance and signing up for email updates.

Rueter-Hess Reservoir is open for seasonal recreation!

All watercraft will be subject to ANS inspections and should be clean and dry.

Rules and regulations for fishing include:

  • No live or scented bait
  • Catch and release only
  • Single pole fishing only (regardless of stamp)
  • Only single barbless hooks are allowed
  • Artificial flies & lures only
  • All tackle boxes and fishing licenses will be checked


Reserve your spot today!

Rueter-Hess Reservoir: (Online Reservations Required)
9343 Double Angel Road
Parker, CO 80134
Summer/Fall hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
Late fall/Winter hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays

Incline and Trailhead Parking Lot
13930 Ancestry Drive
Parker, CO 80134

One hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset, seven days a week
No reservations are required.

View an interactive map of the property.

Recreation activities at Rueter-Hess Reservoir are managed by the Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority, a six-member regional collaboration charged with planning recreation activities at the reservoir.  Learn more about the Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority.