5800 S. Powhaton Road, Aurora, 80016
About two miles east of E-470 and Quincy Avenue, then south on Powhaton Road
April hours 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m. • Walk in 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
May hours 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. • Walk in 6 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hours throughout the year
Fact Sheet • Open to boating
With over 800 acres of water surface, Aurora Reservoir is one of the city's largest park and open space sites. Named by Westword as "The Best Park for Fishing" in 2012, the reservoir provides multi-use recreation and serves as a drinking water storage facility for Aurora.
Popular activities at the reservoir include fishing, non-motorized boating, archery, SCUBA diving, picnics, bicycling, walking, running and wildlife viewing. The reservoir has a seasonal swim beach (open Memorial Day - late September) for sunbathing and swimming and offers array of rental boats. Cool off in the AWQUA Lounge, just steps from the swim beach and learn about the amazing journey water takes to reach our faucet. See our Facility Map to find your way around. The reservoir also hosts special events.
Aurora Reservoir is a fee area that requires a daily $10 per-vehicle entry fee or season pass. Boat operators must also pay for an annual Watercraft Access Pass (WAP). Boat inspections and WAP sales will occur at the boat inspection building near the boat ramp.
Small Shelter with great shoreline views
The Aurora Reservoir has a handicap accessible Fishing Pier. Come enjoy fishing off of it or just take in the beautiful sights and sounds of this amazing open space you have in your backyard.