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Rueter-Hess Reservoir Paddle Days

Information and photo provided by Douglas County

Float a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard at Rueter-Hess Reservoir this summer. Paddle Days will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday through September 6.

Reservations are required for each person entering the reservoir, regardless of the activity. Reservations for June Paddle Days are currently being taken. Registration for July, August, and September will open one week prior to the first of the month. Entrance is $15 per person and there are no day-of reservations.

The Rueter-Hess Reservoir is located on Hess Road, one mile east of I-25 at the Castle Pines Parkway exit. The reservoir is owned by the Parker Water & Sanitation District for purposes of providing drinking water storage. The Rueter-Hess Recreational Authority (RHRA) is a partnership that provides recreational opportunities for the public at the Rueter-Hess Reservoir.

For 2021, the RHRA contracted with South Suburban Park and Recreation District to manage and provide recreational programming and services on behalf of the RHRA.

In addition to paddleboarding, there are also walking trails and the one mile, 132-step Parker Incline

For more information and to secure a reservation, visit



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