All water access including water recreation and shoreline fishing are closed.  Land-based activities are open within the guidelines of the Rules and Regulations.



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Rueter-Hess Recreation

All-Day Parking Pass Reservation (Rueter-Hess)

Jan. 10, 2024 – All water access including water recreation and
shoreline fishing is now closed.



PLEASE READ:  Did you know that Aquatic Invasive Species live in dirty and wet conditions on paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, lifejackets, and other water recreation equipment? Because Rueter-Hess is a drinking water Reservoir, only clean and dry recreation equipment can access the water. Remember to thoroughly clean and dry your recreation equipment before coming to the Reservoir. 

Reserve your day pass: 

Your recreation experience at Rueter-Hess is envisioned to be tranquil and serene. 

Park Rangers will be onsite while the reservoir is open for recreation to ensure fun and safety. However, no lifeguards are on duty, and all activities are at your own risk.  Paddle boards, kayaks (single and double) are available for rent (1-hour, 2-hour or half-day) as well as life vests. For more information click here.

Water recreation and fishing are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from Memorial Day weekend through October. The Rueter-Hess entrance is located at 9343 Double Angel Road in Parker.  Please note – due to limited parking space there will be no trailer parking available.  

With this experience in mind, there are a few things we want you to be prepared for as you make your reservation: 


Catch and release fishing at Rueter-Hess Reservoir will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays, starting Friday, Aug. 4, and running through October. To maintain the vitality of the fish, a limited number of fishing opportunities will be available each day the reservoir is open. Reservations are required.

Fishing (Rueter-Hess)

You can play all day!

In the past, reservations were limited to four hours. Now, your parking pass reservation and $10 per-vehicle fee get you a full day pass into the Reservoir from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the day you reserve. Reservations are available Friday though Monday from Memorial Day weekend to Oct. 31.

Kayaks, canoes and paddle boards only.

Because Rueter-Hess is a drinking water storage facility, only these watercrafts are allowed. All watercrafts must pass an invasive species (ANS) inspection before accessing the water. No motors or sail boats will be allowed

It’s a rugged experience

Plans are in the works to modernize the shoreline; however, we aren’t there yet. As work continues, please expect the shoreline to be muddy in places.

Life jackets are required

You will not be allowed on the water without one. No inflated floating devices - with the exception of Stand-up Paddle Boards - are allowed. Water shoes are recommended.

Plan to walk a bit

Parking closest to the beach is a five-minute walk. Additional parking is up to 10 minutes away. You will be able to drop off gear near the shoreline and return to the parking lot(s).

Please note - due to limited parking space there will be no trailer parking available.

Bringing your dog?

Dogs on a leash are allowed in designated areas only. They are not allowed in the water under any circumstances.

What’s for lunch?

Please be prepared to “Pack it in and pack it out.” No alcoholic beverages, drugs, or glass bottles are allowed.

Rules and Regulations

The Reservoir serves as a primary drinking water source. NO bodily contact is allowed with the water at the Reservoir unless authorized and permitted by PWSD and the Authority. Programs and events must be approved through the established application and permitting process with the Authority. Access to the Property is allowed only at the times provided by the Authority for general access and is not allowed on the reservoir portion of the Property without an approved Authority permit or through an Authority-sponsored program.

Rules and Regulations (Rueter-Hess)