FAQ-Lake Estes Marina

Rental Equipment Questions

Do you rent stand-up paddleboards?

The Lake Estes Marina has stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) for rent. Paddleboards rent for $18 for one full hour and $11 for a half-hour.

Can your boats be reserved for specific dates? 

Yes, pontoon boats can be reserved. Please call the marina at 970-586-2011 for boat reservations.

Are dogs allowed on your pontoon boats?

Yes, dogs are allowed on pontoon boats. They are counted as a passenger.

Is there a fee to canoe on Lake Estes?

Yes, there is a fee. To launch your canoe or kayak into Lake Estes, there is a $5 one-day use permit and a $5 daily vehicle parking fee. You can buy an annual pass for non-motorized boats. The annual pass cost is $28 for a resident and $38 for a non-resident. The annual pass includes a vehicle parking pass. All boats are required to be launched at the marina.

How much to rent a kayak for a couple hours?

Kayak rentals are $18/hour for one person; $23/hour for a two-person kayak.

Do you offer windsurfing lessons and/or rentals at the marina?

We do not have wind surfing equipment at the marina. A list of marina rental equipment is on our website.

Fishing Questions

What is the fishing like in the lake? What is the best way to catch trout in Lake Estes?
Do you have any fishing boats available this week?

Bait and fishing boats are available at the marina. Please call the marina at 970-586-2011 for information on fishing suggestions.

We are planning a trip this weekend to Estes Park. We would like to fish with our children. Do we need to rent a fishing boat ahead of time? Are we able to fish off land? We need to be successful catching the fish for the kids so any advice would be so very much appreciated. Boat or land…. type of fish in the lake?

We have several types of boats for rent. The only boats that can be reserved are pontoon boats. To reserve a boat, call 970-586-2011. You can fish from a boat or on land along the shore line. You will catch either rainbow or brown trout. You can use worms, salmon eggs, or power bait, which are all available at the marina store. You can also use spinners and we sell a wide variety at the store. Good luck fishing!

What is the cost for a fishing license for out-of-state people? Also, how far in advance do we need to make boat reservations?

Temporary out-of-state fishing licenses are currently $9 for the first day and $5 for each additional day. You can purchase your license online from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Swimming Questions

Are there any lakes with sandy beaches the kids can swim in or is the water too cold for that? We've never been to Colorado before, so would appreciate your tips for swimming. 

Lake Estes has a sandy beach and you can wade in the lake. Swimming is not permitted in the lake. The water in Lake Estes is very cold. We do have a year-round indoor Aquatics Center at the Rec here in town that is very nice for swimming. Their address is 660 Community Drive.

Water Skiing Questions

Is water skiing allowed on Lake Estes?

Lake Estes is a wake-less boating lake and therefore water skiing is not permitted.