Open to the Public for Limited Use
The lake was called Dawson after John Dawson (1839-1917) before taking the
name McIntosh. Dawson joined the Chicago-Colorado Colony in 1871, and farmed
east of Hygiene. In 2003, the City leased the surface rights to the lake with
the intention of creating a district park which will link Dawson Park, Flanders
Park and Boulder County's Lohr Open Space.
Master Plan and Phased Construction
Through a public process, a master
plan was developed and approved by Council in the fall of 2003. Phase
I of development was completed in 2004. Work included access
to the lake for non-motorized boating, parking off Harvard Street and a connecting pathway between Dawson & Flanders parks. Phase 2 completed in 2005 included the soft surface trail construction around the remainder of the lake. Phase 3 construction was completed in 2008 and enhances the habitat along the western and northern shorelines, added a restroom and some picnic facilities. Phase 4 will create a path connection across 17th Avenue/ Hygiene Road.
Shoreline fishing is permitted
along the shoreline only at Dawson and Flanders Parks, and from the dam on the south side of the lake.
- Lake Hours - one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.
- Carry-on, non-motorized boats only. Includes canoes, kayaks, bellyboats,
sailboards, sailboats, and small boats that can be carried to the lake.
- Lake access is by designated boat ramps only.
- Boat limit is 25. If you count 25 boats on the lake, please do not launch
- No inner tubes - only multiple chambered inflatables such as bellyboats
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
- No glass containers
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Lake Master Plan
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