Bring your kayak, canoe or other cartop boat, PFD and paddles and enjoy a day on the water! Only non-motorized boats are permitted.
Note: There are no rentals available at the reservoir, but REI, Confluence Kayaks and Sports Rent all rent lake kayaks.
You need your own kayak and know how to handle it in the water to participate in this event. This is not a "learning" event.
Gross Reservoir is a fantastic high mountain lake. The reservoir lies in the foothills above Boulder, Colorado on the South Boulder Creek Drainage and stands 340 feet above the South Boulder Creek streambed. Gross Reservoir has a surface area of 440 acres and 10.9 miles of shoreline. Gross Reservoir is free to the public.
Where to Meet: Meet at the Osprey Boat Launch at 9am. Weather changes early and fast at the reservoir, so that's why we meet so early.
Parking: There is limited parking at the Osprey Boat Launch, so the earlier you arrive, the better. Drive close in to unload your kayak and then find a spot in the parking lot.
Picnic: We will picnic on the shores of Gross Reservoir. We'll paddle to the dam and on the way back find a sunny cove or spot along the shore to eat our lunch. Bring a little something to share along with your own food and drink.
Directions: Gross Reservoir lies in the foothills above Boulder Colorado. From Denver, take Hwy 93 north from Golden to Hwy. 72 West, Coal Creek Canyon, climb 7 miles to Crescent Park Rd. turn right then 1 mile to Gross Dam Road, turn right at the T and follow the dirt road to Osprey Boat Launch Site (from Denver, when you get to the reservoir entrance, turn left to Osprey - right will take you to Boulder).
From Boulder take Baseline Rd. to Flagstaff Rd., continue climbing for 9 miles to Gross Dam Rd. on left, follow signs to South Side and Osprey Boat Launch Site. The left turn onto Gross Dam Rd. is just before Flagstaff Rd. goes from paved to dirt. I hear this route is curvy and bumpy (but it can't be any bumpier than the other route).
Important Note: This is a participate at your own risk event!
Life is risky. I am not a professional guide. By signing up for this event you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety.
See you there!