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Cottonwood Lake

San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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Gorgeous mountain lake surrounded by forest and peaks.

We went in the early evening. The fish were jumping and we sat transfixed watching them leap out... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Terry N
Beautiful high mountain lake

High up in the collegiate peaks is this jewel. Most of the way is paved except for the last five... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bill D47
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San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went in the early evening. The fish were jumping and we sat transfixed watching them leap out of the water after their dinner.

Thank Terry N
Reviewed 1 week ago

High up in the collegiate peaks is this jewel. Most of the way is paved except for the last five miles. Lake access for the public, camping above the lake, and magnificent mountain scenery.

Thank Bill D47
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drove up to Cottonwood pass to the Continental divide. Stopped at Cottonwood lake on the way down. Breathtaking view!

Thank ladybfarm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed walking around and doing some geocaching. I only wish we would have packed a picnic lunch and spend more time here.

Thank Dana R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful views and location! Near town, but you feel way out of town in the mountains. The non-motorized lake is gorgeous and easily accessible from the campground. Saw many people fishing. Nice private spread out sites in aspens and evergreens. The only complaint would be...More

Thank firsttimers2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful lake. Boating for fishing only. Primitive Camping in the back of lake area. Lots of picnic areas. Beautiful scenery all around Lake is state supported so some fees on part of usage area. Good fishing from the looks of the fish lines I observed....More

Thank milehitraveler16
Reviewed 1 August 2017

we truly enjoyed staying in the campground in this beautiful area of Colorado. The lake is small and quite popular among locals. We kayaked and it was perfect for kayaking or paddle boarding. The water was calm and the view magnificent. Campground was quiet and...More

Thank kshikn
Reviewed 8 June 2017

My family has so much fun at Cottonwood! We hike, fish, picnic, splash, stargaze and more up there. It's our go to spot for "I'm bored!". Love the views.

1  Thank dragonflymama86
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Cottonwood Lake is beautiful. It is a high altitude lake with mostly smaller trout. There is also beaver pond fishing on the creek feeding it. No, it is not big. Usually the higher up you go, the smaller the lake. But stop, look around you...it's...More

Thank wdystt7
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We probably had high expectation because I read all the good reviews. It wasn't worth the drive to the lake for us.

1  Thank Denis C
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Nancy A
20 July 2016|
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Response from Michael L | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. They have launches too.