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The Larimer County Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input for the management plan of Chimney Hollow Open Space. Public input will be collected throughout this summer via an online survey and at the first public open house on Wednesday, May 29 followed by a virtual open house on Monday, June 3.

Information collected from the community will help guide future management of the new open space by helping understand the public’s desired nature-based land and water recreation experiences at CHOS while protecting and enhancing ecological resources.

The public open house will be held Wednesday, May 29 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Natural Resources Administrative Office, 1800 S. CR 31, Loveland. The open house will offer community members the opportunity to meet planning staff and learn more about the future open space. For those that prefer a virtual option, an online open house will be held the following Monday, June 3 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The virtual meeting will be recorded for those unable to attend.

A second phase of public input will be sought in August/September around proposed management recommendations with the final CHOS plan completed by year end.

When: 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 29  
Where: Natural Resources Administrative Office, 1800 S. CR 31, Loveland

When: 5:30 -7 p.m., Monday, June 3


All project materials and online survey can be accessed via:

Acquired by Larimer County in 2004 to protect natural resources and provide future nature-based public access, CHOS is located five miles southwest of Loveland. Chimney Hollow Open Space is 1,847 total acres and is directly adjacent to Chimney Hollow Reservoir, which is 760 surface acres (by comparison, nearby Carter Lake is 1,100 surface acres).

LCDNR will manage recreation on the reservoir in compliance with an existing recreation lease and agreement with Northern Water.  The agreement stipulates no overnight use or camping, ‘wakeless’ boating only, and no access on the east side of the reservoir.  

Further details about CHOS can be found via Natural Resources’ website. For more information, please visit

About Larimer County Department of Natural Resources
Larimer County Department of Natural Resources' mission is to connect people, nature, and place.  Since 1954, Larimer County has acquired and conserved a vast network of public and private lands. Today, thirteen public properties are available for recreational access and enjoyment, and over 56,000 acres of land within its boundaries have been conserved. For more information, visit
Chimney Hollow Open Space on a blue sky summer day featuring the green open space area.
Published on: 
Monday, May 20, 2024 - 10:37am
Contact Details:

Zac Wiebe, Planning & Natural Resource Specialist
Larimer County Natural Resources
(970) 619-4534;

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