For a leisurely tour of Lake Estes rent a foot-powered paddle boat at the marina. Or plan a fishing trip or floating picnic on a pontoon boat, also available at the marina. Sailboards are fun and colorful gliding across the water, but the water is cold and wet suits are needed. Fishing boats with small engines are allowed on Lake Estes, and a wakeless speed maintained at all times.
Lake Estes Marina rents 5 passenger fishing boats, 7 & 9 passenger pontoon boats, 4 passenger paddle boats, stand-up paddleboards, canoes, and 1 & 2 person kayaks for fees ranging from $18 to $55 per hour.
Private boats require a Lake Estes Boat Permit for $5/day, and vehicles require a day use fee of $5. All boats should launch from the area next to the Marina.
Lake Estes Marina Pavilion is an open air pavilion with spectacular views of Longs Peak and Lake Estes. It's available for rent for weddings, reunions, corporate events, picnics, and receptions between March and October. Fees are based on number of people and setup needed, and time of day. Reservations & deposit required.
Boating in Rocky Mountain National Park
Canoes or kayaks are permitted on Park lakes except for Bear Lake. No water craft is permitted on Bear Lake. Many of the lakes are too shallow, so check with Park Information regarding boating on individual lakes. No motorized water craft is allowed within Rocky Mountain National Park.
Mary's Lake is great for fishing but boating is not allowed.
Rafting the Colorado and Poudre rivers is popular in summer. See the rafting page.
Estes Park has new kayak runs on Fall River and the Big Thompson in town. The Poudre River is a popular kayaking area. See the kayak page.