Owned and Operated by Denver Water
Reservations: Not Accepted
Elevation: 8,942 feet (2,656 meters) — high water line
Capacity: 19,881 acre feet (1 acre foot = 325,851 gallons)
Denver Water Customer Care: 303-893-2444
U.S. Forest Service: 719-545-8737
Colorado Parks and Wildlife: 303-291-7227
Antero is derived from the Spanish word "first," as it was the first dam on the South Platte River near the river's origin. Antero Dam is an earth-fill dam built in 1909. Geologists believe the reservoir occupies the site of a former lakebed, probably no more than 300 years old. Green Lake lies submerged within Antero Reservoir.
- Take Highway 285 to Fairplay
- About a mile south of Fairplay veer southeast on Highway 9 toward Hartsel
- After about 15 miles you will reach a stop sign at the intersection with Higway 24. Turn right (west) on Highway 24
- The entrances to Antero Reservoir will be on your right
- The entrance to the north access will be first and the entrance to the south access next
Open year round
24 hours a day
Must be approved by Denver Water.
Overview of available activities
Because of the June 1, 2015, closure, neither motorized boats nor trailered boats will be allowed because there will be no aquatic nuisance species (ANS) boat inspections in 2015.
Current water elevation at Antero.
Because of the June 1, 2015, closure, hand-launch boats, such as rowboats, canoes, kayaks and float tubes, will be allowed on the reservoir from ice-off through May 31, 2015. However, the south boat ramp will be closed during this period.
|Both lake and stream fishing is available. See Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s fishery survey summary for Antero.|
|Ice fishing when conditions permit. Denver Water does not monitor ice conditions and those entering onto the ice should be aware of changing ice conditions and proceed at their own risk.
|Because of the June 1, 2015, closure, camping will be allowed until May 31, 2015. There are 38 campsites available at the south side campground and boat ramp.|
|The north side area is day use area only, no camping is allowed.|
Note: Water contact sports such as swimming, water skiing, wading, and scuba diving are prohibited.
Other rules and regulations.