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Cottonwood Lake

San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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A perfect mtn lake to spend on a hot day.

We rented a paddle board and kayak from CKS in downtown BV. The lake is gorgeous, between... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2017
Denver, Colorado
via mobile

Speed limit is 10mph on the road, but nobody seems to follow it! Lake is beautiful, have to pay for... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
Washington, Pa
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“vault toilets” (2 reviews)
San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

We rented a paddle board and kayak from CKS in downtown BV. The lake is gorgeous, between mountains with lots of spots along the lake for you to take a rest. Be sure to paddle down the little water way that meanders thru tall grass....More

Thank travelingtoday
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Speed limit is 10mph on the road, but nobody seems to follow it! Lake is beautiful, have to pay for day pass, or free with National Park senior pass. Saw several people fishing. Gorgeous views! Watch for wildlife on the way!

1  Thank momdzall
Reviewed 16 September 2017

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 13 September 2017

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 28 August 2017

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

Thank ladybfarm
Reviewed 27 August 2017

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 17 August 2017

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 17 August 2017 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
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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.