Boating Permits

Windsor Lake is currently closed due to a confirmed presence of blue-green algae. Annual non-motorized and motorized permit holders may boat at their own risk with the strong recommendation to not get in the water. Daily permits are not available for purchase at this time. For questions, please send an e-mail


  • Boat at your own risk
  • Boating by permit only
  • Hazards may be present

Windsor Lake Boating Regulations

Motorized Boating on Windsor Lake

Motorized permit holders can be scheduled on the lake on motorized days on a first-come, first-served basis. Daily and annual permit holders must reserve their time slot by calling the Community Recreation Center at 970-674-3500 or by registering online. Reservations open at 9am on Mondays. 

Motorized Boating Permit Costs

  • 1/2 Day Cost: 
    • $15 Residents
    • $25 Non-Residents
  • Annual Cost: $450.
    Maximum of 20 permits sold starting May 10. *Annual Motorized Boat Permits are sold out for the 2021 season.* 

Motorized Boat Permit Use

  • Days: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday *Not available on July 4.
  • Dates: 
    • May 22 through August 8 
    • August 14 through September 19: Saturday and Sunday Only
  • Times: 8 am to 2 pm or 2 pm to 8 pm

Non-Motorized Boating on Windsor Lake

All watercraft outside of the swim beach must have a current Town of Windsor permit to use the lake. One permit per watercraft is required. Permits are nontransferable and non-refundable.

Non-motorized boats can only be on the lake during the times listed below. After August 9, non-motorized boats can be on the lake year-round from sunrise to sunset as long as ice is not present. Non-motorized boating is allowed with a permit as long as ice is not present.

Non-Motorized Boats

Non-motorized boat definition for Windsor Lake:

A non-motorized boat is a boat without a motor. We allow trolling motors of 10 HP or less on the lake in a non-motorized capacity. Non-motorized boats also include kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, etc. A sailboat is a non-motorized craft and requires a copy of registration on file. Please submit a copy of your state registration to before purchasing your permit.  

Non-Motorized Boat Permit Use

  • Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday  
  • Dates: May 22 through August 8
  • Time: Daylight hours only
  • July 4: non-motorized boating is available until 8pm

Non-Motorized Boating Permit Cost

Non-Motorized Boating Cost:

  • Daily Permit: $10
  • Annual Permit: $50

How to Purchase a Boating Permit

You can purchase a Non-Motorized Boat Permit online or at the Windsor Community Recreation Center, 250 N 11th Street. For questions, please call 970-674-3500. Please affix all permits to the right side of your craft. One permit per craft.

Required Documentation for motorized and sailboats

Please submit the following documents:

  • Current Boat Registration (motorized and sailboats only)
  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of Insurance (motorized only)
  • Proof of residency in Windsor (if applicable)

Upload Required Documentation  - available beginning May 3, 2021. There will be a 72 hour turnaround time for documentation approval. Please e-mail with questions. 

Please note: To boat on Windsor Lake motorized boats must have liability coverage with a minimum of $300,000 for bodily injury and property damage.

Boating Rules

For Colorado Boating Statutes and Regulations, call 303-791-1954 or view the Colorado State Parks Boating Rules Brochure (PDF).