3 Places to Hit the Water this Weekend

No need to BYOK (Bring Your Own Kayak)

The dog days of summer are not over! August is the perfect time to spend a weekend on the water. Whether you’re out with the family or looking to try something new, here’s a guide to help you get started (even if you don’t have your own kayak).

The Marina at Cherry Creek State Park

With more than 880 acres of water, the Cherry Creek Reservoir can accommodate on and off land activities of any kind. Nestled within the Cherry Creek State Park, it’s one of Colorado’s 25 largest reservoirs, making it the ideal place to try something new. Rent a kayak, wakeboard, or paddleboard for the afternoon. If you’re entertaining, take a spin around the reservoir with a rented pontoon boat or fleet of jet skis. Between boating and fishing, it will be a great way for you to get your sea legs or reservoir legs for that matter!

The Aurora Reservoir

This family-friendly reservoir is wildly popular during the warmer months and offers just about everything you’d expect for a day on the water. Take ahold of your adventurous side and rent one of their 40 standup paddleboards cruise around the water. Paddleboards, kayaks, and even bikes are available for rent throughout August and into September. The white sand beach and designated swimming area make a nice addition to spending the day in the sun. Not to mention the 8.5 miles of paved trails around the reservoir, making it a great all-in-one weekend destination.

The Quincy Reservoir

Quiet mornings and fishing go hand-in-hand. With more than 160 acres of water, vast shorelines, and well-manicured hiking trails, the Quincy Reservoir is the place for a relaxing weekend outing. Stocked by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the reservoir is best known for their excellent variety of fish and boat rental service. Open throughout August, they offer non-motorized boats for rental. Whether you’re headed out for some sunrise views or spotting wildlife, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spend time in this seemingly untouched natural oasis.

Colorado is known for its impressive mountains and breathtaking landscapes the Aurora-based reservoirs are no exception. Whether you’re casting a line, paddling, or peddling on the trails, you’re bound to find an experience of your own here.

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