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Floodplain Management

Estes Park joined the National Flood Insurance Program in the early 1970s and since that time, the Town has been active in floodplain management. The goals of the program are to:

  • Reduce flood hazards,
  • Regulate floodplain activities,
  • Educate the public about floods and floodplains.


The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a federal program that enables property owners to purchase flood insurance. Established by Congress through the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, the NFIP is operated under the jurisdiction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This flood insurance is designed to provide an alternative to federal disaster assistance for property damage caused by floods. Flood insurance is generally unavailable through private-sector insurance companies.

Drainage Basins and Flood Hazard Maps
The Town has four major drainage basins with mapped floodplains. The floodplain maps provide the foundation for the Town of Estes Park’s floodplain management program.


Maps are for illustrative purposes only. For an official determination about your property contact the the Floodplain Manager at building@estes.org or 970-577-3728.


This mapping is intended for planning purposes only and may not be representative of the actual flooding event. Flooding may deviate from the FEMA delineated boundary based on field conditions, weather, and changes in hydraulic flow (ie. Culverts become blocked with debris and are not functioning as designed).

Click here for more maps.


Flood Elevation Certificates
Elevation Certificates are used to provide:

  • Elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management ordinances
  • Determination on proper insurance premium rate
  • As support to a request for a Letter of Map Amendment or Revision (LOMA or LOMR-F).


Application Forms and Fees

Customer Guide concerning Temporary Floodplain Permits

Temporary Floodplain Permit 

FEMA Flood Elevation Certificate
Nationwide Permit #13 - Bank Stabilization pdf file
Nationwide Permit #14 - Linear Transportation Crossings pdf file
Codes and Regulations
Estes Park Municipal Code Floodplain Regulations (EPMC 17.28)

2013 Flood Emergency Provisions: Estes Park Floodplain Regulations and Development Code pdf file
Quick Links
Estes Park Flood Recovery
Army Corp of Engineers
FEMA Floodsmart.gov