Recreation at Glade Reservoir

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A Recreation Concept Master Plan is being developed to plan for new, outdoor, water‐based recreation facilities at Glade Reservoir including fishing, boating, camping, hiking, biking and other recreation options. This plan is based on commitments by the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) to provide public access to the new Glade Reservoir and associated fishery and approximately 170 acres of land surrounding the reservoir. NISP is also actively seeking to acquire the existing KOA Campground at the intersection of U.S. Highway 287 and State Highway 14 for incorporation into the Recreation Concept Master Plan.

A total of $21.8 million is being committed to develop recreation facilities at Glade Reservoir. NISP will contribute 75 percent ($16.35 million) and Larimer County will contribute the remaining 25 percent. This funding is a substantial commitment by the NISP Participants and represents a guarantee to share the benefits of the project with Larimer County and the people of Larimer County. This funding will be used to develop recreation infrastructure including:

· An educational visitor center

· Fishing including expanded fish-hatchery capacity

· A 170-acre foothills recreation area

· Incorporation of the existing KOA camping area

· A boat ramp

· Campgrounds

· Trails

· Parking lots

Annual visitation to Glade Reservoir is estimated to be about 379,000 visits, if managed similar to Horsetooth Reservoir. Overall, the benefits from new recreation opportunities would be major, providing a local economic benefit between $13 to $30 million dollars as estimated in the project's Final Environmental Impact Statement.

A concept plan depicting these recreational features is included in the links to the right. Additional information can be found in the 1041 Permit Application, as well as the Recreation Concept Master Plan and Larimer County’s 2017 Reservoir Parks Master Plan to the right.

A Recreation Concept Master Plan is being developed to plan for new, outdoor, water‐based recreation facilities at Glade Reservoir including fishing, boating, camping, hiking, biking and other recreation options. This plan is based on commitments by the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) to provide public access to the new Glade Reservoir and associated fishery and approximately 170 acres of land surrounding the reservoir. NISP is also actively seeking to acquire the existing KOA Campground at the intersection of U.S. Highway 287 and State Highway 14 for incorporation into the Recreation Concept Master Plan.

A total of $21.8 million is being committed to develop recreation facilities at Glade Reservoir. NISP will contribute 75 percent ($16.35 million) and Larimer County will contribute the remaining 25 percent. This funding is a substantial commitment by the NISP Participants and represents a guarantee to share the benefits of the project with Larimer County and the people of Larimer County. This funding will be used to develop recreation infrastructure including:

· An educational visitor center

· Fishing including expanded fish-hatchery capacity

· A 170-acre foothills recreation area

· Incorporation of the existing KOA camping area

· A boat ramp

· Campgrounds

· Trails

· Parking lots

Annual visitation to Glade Reservoir is estimated to be about 379,000 visits, if managed similar to Horsetooth Reservoir. Overall, the benefits from new recreation opportunities would be major, providing a local economic benefit between $13 to $30 million dollars as estimated in the project's Final Environmental Impact Statement.

A concept plan depicting these recreational features is included in the links to the right. Additional information can be found in the 1041 Permit Application, as well as the Recreation Concept Master Plan and Larimer County’s 2017 Reservoir Parks Master Plan to the right.


What is your question regarding recreation at Glade Reservoir?

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    The above paragraph claims Glade's economic benefits will be $13 - $30 million. Where is the analysis to back this up? These numbers are in the 2019 FEIS, but there is no analysis nor a reference to an analysis. The 2008 EIS analysis claims $16-$17 million benefits. The 2015 draft EIS claims $13.2 million benefits. How did it jump up to $30 mill in the FEIS? I contacted NISP to find out, they told me to contact the Army Corps. I contacted the Corps and they said to file a Freedom of Info Act request. That would take forever. Since the County is going with this $30 million figure can you please tell me from where it originates. thanks, john t

    jtsch Asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question.  In response, Section 4.16.3.5 of the Final Environmental Impact Statement states that “ [b]ased on the ranges identified for possible visitation and its value, total economic effects of Glade Reservoir [recreation] would be a major benefit under any combination and may range from about $13 million per year to $30 million per year.”  Since this information is based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers independent evaluation of the project, they would have the additional details or analysis you are requesting and an associated process for providing that information. 

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    Is there a possibility for trails around the entire reservoir? Or, just the East side? NISP could receive more local support with better plans for recreation. What plans there are now, look worse than Horsetooth. To get the local community behind this project, I'd like to see better trail networks, shore access, and a hiking/mountain biking loop around Glade. The terrain and views are incredible, there's boundless opportunities for amazing trails. Look at Horsetooth / Lory as a benchmark, then do better. Connecting trails from the Poudre Trail, Watson Lake, to Glade would be a great start.

    TheLaporterican Asked 12 months ago

    Land on the west and north side of the reservoir is being preserved as a wildlife habitat conservation area as required in the project’s Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan. As part of this conservation area, one single trail on the west and north side of Glade Reservoir will be constructed within 50 meters of the high-water line to allow walk-in fishing access. Please see Sections 5.3.2.3 and 6.1.3.2 of the Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan for additional information on the trail and habitat conversation area goals, objectives, and locations.

    As shown on the recreation concept plan, a hiking trail is planned on the east side of the reservoir, and more hiking trails could be located in the 170-acre recreation area.


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    Good day, From the recreation concept plan it appears there won't be an above ground water outlet to Glade. Will the outflow be carried by a pipeline? I hope not as I'm a river fisherman and would enjoy having a tail water river to fish year round close to home. Thanks for the opportunity to submit some input. TomO

    TomO Asked 12 months ago

    As part of a Conveyance Refinement Program, between 18 and 25 cubic feet of flow per second will be released from Glade Reservoir to the Poudre River year-round to eliminate locations on the river that have historically run dry, improve aquatic and terrestrial habitat, and create a healthy fishery near Fort Collins.  Here’s a map of the 12-mile river reach this flow will benefit.


    This flow will be added to the river at the canyon mouth and will be taken out of the river at approximately the Mulberry Street and Lemay Avenue intersection in Fort Collins right above the Mulberry water treatment facility discharge to help maintain water quality needed by project participants and maximize the length of river benefited by this flow.


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    Would there be an opportunity for the Centennial Bass Club to partner in a Bass conservation and management program?

    Grealityguy Asked about 1 year ago

    It sounds like there is a growing interest in bass fishing at Glade Reservoir including the interest in long-term management practices.  We’d like to talk to you to get your feedback on that subject and discuss recreation at Glade Reservoir in general.  Please call or email Christie Coleman at 970-622-2355 or ccoleman@northernwater.org at your convenience, and we can set up a time to talk.


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    Why is it being considered as only a cool water fishery? We have enough "cool water fisheries" or "Trout fisheries" In Colorado, especially northern Colorado. Less trout, more bass!

    Dunbar Asked about 1 year ago

    Evaluations of glade reservoir indicate that it will have suitable aquatic habitat for cold and cool water fish species.  Based on these assessments, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Aquatic Biologists developed a stocking plan for the reservoir that includes Walley, Smallmouth Bass, Saugeye, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch and Tiger Muskie.  We can pass your recommendations on stocking additional bass species on to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for their consideration when implementing the stocking plan.




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    Will it be a state park?

    davidho Asked about 1 year ago

    Glade Reservoir will be owned by Northern Water.  Northern Water will contract with an independent management agency to oversee and manage the recreation facilities associated with the reservoir.  The decision on who that manager will be hasn’t been made yet. Groups being considered include Larimer County, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and a private concessionaire.

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    As a life long bass angler, I've already heard rumors of how the lake is going to be restrictive to motorized boats and that fishing isn't being considered as much as, say even paddle boarding. Is this true? If so, why?

    Wilder Endeavors Asked about 1 year ago

    NISP has committed to developing Glade Reservoir as a cool-water fishery and is currently investigating types of boating access for the reservoir including allowing motorized boats. Additional information on the types of fish that will be stocked and the amount of funding that will be provided for the cool-water fishery can be found in Section 6.1.3.1 of the project’s Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan.