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    PWCToday Regular alphamale3's Avatar
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    New to Colorado!

    Just got into town, Im living in thornton. Can some one give me some good lakes to go to? And explain to me what this inspection B.S. is all about.......

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    Re: New to Colorado!

    Hi, welcome to CO!!!

    The lakes my family and friends go to (soon to join this club) are primarily Lake Boyd (in Loveland). It's not a huge lake, good size for jet skis though. The water also warms up fast since it's shallow (many of us are already jet skiing, went twice this weekend, water temp is about 50 degrees right now). It's a state park, so it's about $7 to enter ($70 for an annual pass), then you drive in and go to a boat inspection. There are zebra mussels in some lakes around here, so they are inspecting boats because of that. The inspection takes less than 5 minutes for a jet ski. They just look down the impeller tube and request you pop the top of the engine compartment, then your ready to go.

    There's also Lake Carter near Lyons, it's slightly larger than Boyd is, I think it's about $6 to get in, requires boat inspection because of the mussels as well. The lake gets warm also, though they drain Carter so it takes time to fill back up to boating levels. We don't go there since there's a stupid rule that you can only boat counter-clockwise, where as Lake Boyd is just go where you please.

    The last lake we go to is Lake Grandby, about a 3 hour drive from our house (in Nederland). Lake Grandby is the largest lake in colorado I believe (unless you count Navajo Lake which is partially in southern colorado). Lake Grandby takes awhile to get warm since it's at a high elevation (want to say 8000-9000 feet, since it's about Nederlands level, just on the otherside of the divide). Though the lake is MASSIVE with islands and tons of shore line and nice little coves you can find that are protected. Though again, boat inspection.

    If you have a wet suit, you can jet ski early, otherwise might want to wait until like May or something for the water to get warmer (probably later). Lake Boyd is the primary lake we go to, no idea where that is in relation to Thorton, or where Thorton even is lol. Hope some of this helps, enjoy Colorado
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    Don't forget cherry creek and chatfield. Both are just as close... Prolly closer and cherry creek is a very Jetski friendly lake. Just need to get there early am in the spring/ summer so you can snatch up a beach spot.
    Plenty of standup riders there an try to get a practice session in with them. Fun and great people.


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    Re: New to Colorado!

    I ride chatfield lake every weekend. Have a couple friends with standups and going to be racing the nauti water races this year. we set up buoys and just have a good time. As soon as I can get on the water this next spring we will be there. Hit me up in the spring and maybe we can meet up.

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    Talking Re: New to Colorado!

    Hey Welcome to Colorado ....

    Check out the latest Lakes Updates by the Club President ......

    Visit - Colorado Front Range Review Jan 20th, 2012

    Drop us a line anytime.

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    Re: New to Colorado!

    Come to boyd lake in loveland we will show you how to ride around here. lol

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    Re: New to Colorado!

    Do bouys still get set up anywhere in the denver area?
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    Re: New to Colorado!

    IC, not aware of place to ride buoys in the Denver Metro Area. Thanks for asking!
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    Re: New to Colorado!

    From a couple posts up somebody said they used to at chatfield. Guess thats not a thing anymore.
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    Re: New to Colorado!

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