Water Recreation and Paddle Sports are now closed for the season.  



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Rueter-Hess Recreation

Rueter-Hess Recreation

Dec. 1 Recreation Update

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. 

Seasonal Update: For the safety of all who use Rueter-Hess, paddle sports will not be available after the overnight temperature sinks below 37 degrees. The lower temperatures will require us to winterize the rescue boat, so no one will be allowed on the water. Fishing from the shore will be allowed until ice begins to form on the reservoir.

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

Rueter-Hess Entrance:
9343 Double Angel Road
Parker, CO 80134

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

Water Recreation/Fishing
Water Recreation and Paddle Sports are closed for the season.

Summer/Fall hours – open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays through Nov. 9.

Winter hours – beginning Nov. 10 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Parking day passes are required. Click here to make your reservation.  

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

View the Interactive Map.

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.  Click here for more information.