Things to do at the Aurora Reservoir

Seeking the perfect day by the water? Look no further! Take a trip to the Aurora Reservoir for the ultimate cool-off adventure and dive into refreshing fun with our top activities!


Embrace the beach vibes, even landlocked! Who says you need an ocean to have a beach day? Embrace the sun, sand, and fun at our landlocked paradise! Mark your calendars; swimming at the Aurora Reservoir is open on Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day in the designated swim beach! Indulge in a day filled with picnics, sunbathing, and endless recreational activities.


Grab your captain hat and set sail on the Aurora Reservoir! Get ready for an incredible day on the water, surrounded by stunning scenery and serene vibes. If visiting the park early, you might get to experience the magic of Aurora’s breathtaking sunrises! Before you head out on the water, make sure to do your research on boat rentals, permits, and other regulations by visiting the link! Boating season starts once the ice thaws (mid to late March) and ends November 30th.


Time to grab your fishing rods! The Aurora Reservoir has it all for your ultimate recreation adventure, including top-notch fishing! With the best water nurturing the finest fish, it's no wonder we've witnessed four state record catches: tiger muskie, catfish, smallmouth bass, and white sucker. Ready to reel in your own big catch? Both Aurora and Quincy Reservoirs are expertly stocked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, ensuring an unforgettable fishing experience! Don’t forget to check out the link to ensure you obtain valid fishing licenses and bait before you go!

Kayaking and Paddleboarding

Dive into the fun of paddle boarding and kayaking! Experience the thrill of gliding on the water, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner just getting the hang of it! Enjoy an amazing time on the reservoir filled with adventure and an opportunity to challenge your balance! Jump in, paddle on, and don’t miss out on these water sports that offer the perfect blend of thrill and exercise! Rentals are available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and are first come, first served, so make sure to plan accordingly.

Biking and Walking Trails

Not in the mood for water activities? No worries! Aurora Reservoir has it all, with 8.5 miles of multi-use trails around the lake, intended for everybody: walkers, strollers, runners, bikers, roller skaters, and skateboarders! Immerse yourself in these trails' breathtaking scenic views, and here's a bonus – your furry friends are welcome too! Bring your beloved companions along for an unforgettable adventure with picturesque views of the reservoir and the stunning Front Range.

Senac Creek Nature Center

Craft your perfect itinerary, and make sure to include a visit to The Senac Creek Nature Center! Experience the beauty of Aurora’s nature and wildlife through stunning photography displays and engage in educational play with games, hand-made puzzles, and fun animal costumes! Gain insight into Aurora’s diverse ecosystem and food chains while learning the vital role of water in both natural and human communities through interactive exhibits. The Senac Creek Nature Center is a hub of knowledge and adventure for nature enthusiasts of all ages!

With promises of fun times with activities catering to everyone, you can enjoy the Aurora Reservoir year-round!