South Shore Opens New Loop & 21 Campsites

Larimer County District Manager Dan Rieves talks Thursday (April 12) about some of the additions and changes to the South Shore Campground at Carter Lake after some renovations there.

After $1.3 million in upgrades, Carter Lake, Colo.’s South Shore campground reopened Sunday (April 15) with a brand new loop of 21 campsites, more parking, new bathrooms, an expanded boat ramp and a refigured entrance, according to the Reporter-Herald.

“It’s exciting,” said Dan Rieves, the Carter Lake district manager for the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources. “We have 21 more families every weekend that aren’t getting turned away.”

The new campsites are the first added to Carter Lake, as well as nearby Pinewood and Flatiron reservoirs for more than 20 years, and the existing sites — 180 between all three locations — quickly fill up every weekend throughout the summer. In fact, all the previous campsites are full for this weekend, so the first campers in the new area were booked as overflow sites.

South Shore closed when the camping season wrapped up in September with construction occurring throughout the fall and winter in the campground near the water’s southern edge.

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