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Rueter-Hess Recreation

Activities (Rueter-Hess)

Through extensive public outreach, the Authority established a conceptual master plan (PDF) in 2016. Future recreational opportunities may include soft-surface trails and non-motorized watercraft. The reservoir will only be open for recreation Fridays through Mondays year round.

Water Recreation

Spring and summer water recreation at Rueter-Hess Reservoir will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. Come out to paddleboard, kayak, canoe, or windsurf. All watercraft will be inspected and should be clean and dry before entering. Make your reservations today!

Winter hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. During the colder months land based activities are available and shoreline fishing will continue until ice forms on the reservoir.

Water Recreation/Fishing

Incline Challenge and Trail

The Incline features 132 steps and the Rosie Rueter Trail loop that leads to and from the parking lot is just over a mile long. This trail connects to the Coyote Run Loop trail that continues along and under Hess Road and loops down by the reservoir.

Incline Trail (Rueter-Hess)


Catch and release fishing from shore or from the water at Rueter-Hess Reservoir will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. Reservations for fishing are required for both adult and youth anglers. There are only a limited number each day. During the cooler months shoreline fishing continues until ice forms on the reservoir.

Fishing (Rueter-Hess)

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