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South Shore Campground is a popular camping destination located on the shores of Carter Lake in Larimer County, Colorado. Carter Lake is one of the reservoirs in the Colorado-Big Thompson Project managed by the Bureau of Reclamation and Larimer County Parks. It offers a range of outdoor activities and facilities for campers. Here is some essential information you might need before planning a camping trip to South Shore Campground.

Reservations and Camping Seasons


  • Most campgrounds encourage or require reservations, which can usually be made online or by phone.
  • Check the specific reservation requirements and window for South Shore Campground as they might vary based on season and site availability.

Camping Seasons:

  • South Shore Campground is generally open from spring through fall.
  • It's important to confirm the operating seasons prior to planning your trip as they can be subject to change due to weather conditions or park management decisions.

Camping Options

Types of Sites:

  • South Shore Campground features a variety of camping sites that might include standard sites suitable for tents and RVs, and group camping areas.
  • Some sites may offer electric hookups, while others are more primitive.


  • Bathrooms and potable water are commonly provided.
  • Check if there are shower facilities, dump stations, and other amenities.

Activities and Attractions

Recreational Opportunities:

  • Boating: Carter Lake is popular for boating. Boat ramps are available but check for any restrictions or permits needed.
  • Fishing: The lake is known for fishing opportunities with a variety of fish species.
  • Hiking and Trails: There are hiking trails in the area offering scenic views of the surroundings.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to diverse wildlife, so keep your eyes open for birds, deer, and other local fauna.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Fires: Fire regulations depend on current conditions. Campfires may be allowed in provided rings or grills but always check for current fire restrictions.
  • Pets: Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash and under control.
  • Quiet Hours: Respect quiet hours, typically from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Alcohol: Check the rules regarding alcohol consumption within the campground.

Access and Fees

Entrance Fees:

  • There may be entrance fees or vehicle fees for accessing parks that house campgrounds like South Shore.
  • Camping fees are in addition to any park entrance fees.

Getting There:

  • Directions to South Shore Campground will depend on your starting point. It's advisable to check the best route and road conditions before departure.

Safety and Precautions

  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions and bring appropriate gear.
  • Wildlife: Store food securely and keep a clean campsite to avoid attracting wildlife.
  • Personal Safety: Follow general camping safety guidelines, including informing someone about your trip details and expected return.

Final Tips

  • Visit the campground's or managing agency's official website to get the most current information and any alerts or changes.
  • Contact the campground or local ranger station for further specifics and any questions you may have.
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