Halligan Reservoir

4/5 (9 reviews)
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (Larimer County)
Last Updated: 05/04/2022

Trail Information


Halligan Reservoir is a manmade reservoir situated in Northern Colorado, and accessible via the Cherokee Middle Unit SWA (State Wildlife Area), which is governed by the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife. This trail leads you to the Southwest shore of Halligan Reservoir, which is the only publicly accessible portion of the reservoir. Halligan Reservoir was built in 1909 on the North Fork of the Poudre River by the North Poudre Irrigation Company (NPIC). The water in Halligan Reservoir is owned by NPIC and used for irrigation. Currently, there is a proposal in the works called the Halligan Water Supply Project. If approved, the Halligan Water Supply Project will enlarge Halligan Reservoir by approximately 8,100 acre-feet to meet the demand of future Fort Collins Utilities' water customers and provide increased reliability for existing customers to help protect against service interruptions related to prolonged drought and other emergencies. This trail is not the most exciting trail in the area, but it does provide access to some close-by fishing and kayaking to the local residents. If you are looking for a bit more excitement in the area, check out Turkey Roost, which is the harder of the two trails in this SWA. Please be cognizant of the signs put up on the banks of the shore as most of the land surrounding the water is not public.

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4/5 (9)
Official Crew
Visited: 05/04/2022

According to CPW, this trail is open for the season!
Official Crew
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 09/01/2021

From September 1 to May 1, this Trail is only accessible to persons actually hunting. This trail is within the Cherokee Park State Wildlife Area. Additional information can be found at https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/Brochure/lands.pdf
Visited: 06/26/2021

The spur to waypoint 5 is currently closed. There are really only 2-3 good campspots along this trail. There is a 4th, but in a very marshy area with lots of bugs.
Official Crew
Visited: 05/25/2021

This trail is open
Visited: 05/19/2021

Gate is open. Trail was nice and not too dusty. Small puddles occasionally. Good to have a trail open and to get out there before all the others open up later in June. Same goes for Turkey Roost. Tougher part of the trail up to the left (waypoint 3) was closed to vehicles. Hopefully that opens soon!

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