Paddle boards and kayakers at Rueter-Hess Reservoir

Sunny days become paddle days at Rueter-Hess Reservoir

Whether it’s hiking, biking or exploring a park, the Town has something for everyone. Now, those recreational opportunities are extending beyond Town boundaries. Don’t miss a new opportunity to explore Rueter-Hess Reservoir. The Town is partnering with the Rueter-Hess Authority to host several Paddle Days before the end of summer.

Rueter-Hess Reservoir is located along Hess Road about 1 mile east of Interstate 25 and Castle Pines Parkway. While the primary purpose of the reservoir is to store and provide safe, clean drinking water, plans have been in the works to include recreational opportunities. The Town hosted its annual National Trails Day event at the reservoir earlier this year. That event included the opportunity for participants to paddle on the reservoir. After receiving positive feedback from event participants, officials wanted the public to have more opportunities to enjoy the reservoir before summer’s end. 

The reservoir will be open from 8 a.m. to noon:
• Saturday, Aug. 25
• Sunday, Aug. 26
• Saturday, Sept. 1
• Monday, Sept. 3
• Saturday, Sept. 8

Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard to explore everything the reservoir has to offer. Rueter-Hess is not currently open to the public, so special programming like Paddle Days is the only way to access the reservoir.

Please keep in mind, all personal watercraft will need to be inspected onsite. Additionally, there will be a cost of $10 per non-motorized watercraft, and there will be a limit on the number of watercraft allowed on the reservoir each day. More information, and registration, is available at

Don’t have your own paddleboard? Rentals will be provided through Colorado SUP on certain Paddle Day dates. Visit for more information.

The Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority has been created to oversee the master planning process and explore possible recreational amenities at the reservoir. The Town, along with the Parker Water and Sanitation District and other regional partners including Douglas County, the cities of Lone Tree and Castle Pines and the Town of Parker, have been partnering in this effort.

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