Rueter-Hess Recreation

National Trails Day

  1. Go on a hiking or paddling adventure on Saturday, June 2 at Rueter-Hess Reservoir! The Town is excited to host the 2018 American Hiking Society's National Trails Day event on site. Be one of the first to explore the peaceful and serene water on a kayak or a canoe. Learn more and register online before spots fill up! 

Rueter-Hess Reservoir Recreation


Rueter-Hess Reservoir, just minutes from Downtown Castle Rock, sits on Hess Road, one mile east of I-25 at the Castle Pines Parkway exit. The property is owned and managed by the Parker Water and Sanitation District. While the districts top priority is maintaining water quality, the District has established the Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority board to plan the development of future recreational opportunities. The Authority is composed of appointed representatives from the Town of Castle Rock, the Town of Parker, the City of Lone Tree, the City of Castle Pines, Douglas County and the District. 

Through extensive public outreach the Authority established a conceptual master plan in 2016. Future recreational opportunities may include soft-surface trails, non-motorized watercraft and fishing. To start, however, the reservoir will only be open for limited recreational programming.

With direction from the Authority, the Castle Rock and Parker Parks and Recreation Departments will offer programs and special events on site. Registered participants will be allowed to enter the reservoir during the scheduled events. 

2018 recreation programs and events