For 2023, the Carter Lake Crossing IS BACK! The crossing is at Carter Lake, Colorado. Situated at just below 5800 feet, this nearly 3-mile swim is located in one of the most picturesque lakes in Colorado. Cash prize awards will be given out to the top three finishers in each division. Divisions will be both non-wetsuit and wetsuit for both men and women. Hope to see you there!
A video of the 2019 Carter Lake Crossing can be found here:
What: Carter Lake Crossing
Where: Carter Lake Reservoir, Loveland, CO
When: Saturday, July 22, 2023 - 6:30 AM
Registration Closes: We have closed online registration since we have reached our parking cap for this race. If you would like to swim, please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can guarantee us that you will get a ride from a carpool, please send us the person who you will be carpooling with (must already be registered) and "cc" that person on the email and we can find you a swimmer spot. There is also a chance that another participant has let us know that they have canceled and that, as a result, a parking spot may have opened up. If such openings exist, we will let swimmers know about any "extra" availability based on emails we've received. Registration will officially close at 11:59 PM MT on Wednesday July 19th.
-Tee shirt not guaranteed for registrants after July 5, 2023.
-There will be a participant cap this year due to the limited parking at the lake. Please register early.
Distances: ~3 Mile Competitive Swim
Crossing of Carter Lake from North to South
Out and Back Loop Swim will be a back-up route in case the crossing is not feasible due to COVID requirements or other unforseen situations.
Time cut-offs: You must capable of completing the distance and be able to complete the three miles within two and a half hours (2.5 hours)!
Swimmmers will be bussed from the parking areas at the South Shore Campground to the North Pines Boat Ramp for the Start. All swimmers will be given a "Bus Slot" of either 5:30 or 6:00.
Bus slots will be provided to swimmers so that busses are "half-full" (i.e. most swimmers will have their own seat). You can bring a bag with you, since there will be a 15-45 minute wait at the North Pines Ramp before the start. Please label that bag with your name and race number and place it in the bag drop area. We will bring it to the finish at the South Shore Boat Ramp for you.
Swimmers who miss their "Bus Slot" will not be able to start.
The Carter Lake Crossing will be a "wet" start at 6:30 AM. All participants will start simultaneously.
Swimmers will swim south from North Pines Boat Ramp to the South Shore Boat Ramp along the west shoreline, following buoys along the way.
Packet Pickup will be on race morning at Carter Lake prior to boarding the buses. Each swimmer will be assigned a time slot for packet pickup and bus loading.
Pre-Registration Pricing*: 3 miles - $95
From Boulder: Take 287 N. Left on 56E/W Co Rd 8. Continue Right on Co Rd 23. Left on Co Rd 8e. Head into park and up the hill. After first switchback, continue straight on N Co Rd 31 to South Shore Beach Campground.
From Denver: 25N to Exit 243 (66W/Co Rd 30). Right on 287 N. Right on Co Rd 23. Left on Co Rd 8e. Head into park and up the hill. After first switchback, continue straight on N Co Rd 31 to South Shore Beach Campground.
From Fort Collins: Take 287 S. Right on 56E/W Co Rd 8. Continue Right on Co Rd 23. Left on Co Rd 8e. Head into park and up the hill. After first switchback, continue straight on N Co Rd 31 to South Shore Beach Campground.
Please bring a copy of your receipt – you will not have to pay an entrance fee at the front gate with proof of entry in the race!
Arrive early. Parking is limited at Carter Lake.
Additional information about Carter Lake is also available at the following website: Natural Resources | Larimer County
*Does not include 6.25% online registration fee