McIntosh Lake Nature Area

Located in northwest Longmont, McIntosh Lake is a public park that offers 3.5 miles of easy walking trails and beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, most notably Longs Peak and Mt. Meeker. It's also a great area to see prairie dogs, bald eagles, pelicans and other wildlife.

Banner Photo Credit: Credit: Donnell Allen

McIntosh Lake is a reservoir and as such is part of the statewide ditch and reservoir system. Known for great fishing and a favorite among paddleboarders and kayakers.  Dawson Park and Flanders Park are neighborhood parks located along the lake as well and offer amenities such as playgrounds, restrooms, tennis courts, volleyball, etc.  

Nature Area Hours: 1 Hour Before Sunrise to 1 Hour After Sunset 

No fees

SUP and Kayak rentals can be found through Angles Sport Exchange store in Downtown Longmont.

Park Rules

  • Lake Hours: 1 hour before sunrise until 1 hour after sunset.
  • Carry-on, non-motorized boats only. This includes canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, belly boats, sailboards, sailboats and small boats that can be carried to the lake.
  • Access to lake is only at the designated boat ramps.
  • Boat limit: 25. We ask that if you count 25 boats on the lake, please do not launch your boat.
  • No inner tubes; only multiple chambered inflatable craft such as belly boats.
  • Swimming is prohibited.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • No glass containers.

Location:  1929 Harvard St.with many access points around the lake along Lakeshore Drive.