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Cottonwood Lake

San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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Type: Bodies of Water
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Denver, CO
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103 reviews 103 reviews
18 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A short drive down an unpaved road takes you to this cute little lake. There were several people fishing when I visited, so it must be a good fishin' hole. I believe that it must be very pretty in that area in the fall.

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Christoval, Tx
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Very nice high country lake for fishing. About 20 minutes west of BV. It was windy on the day we visited, but that is common in Colorado

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longmont, colorado
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72 reviews 72 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Road going in is a bit bumpy but the scenery is nice and deer plentiful. A lot of people fishing and enjoying the lake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

With the Arkansas river being so high, spent a day fishing on Cottonwood Lake. Nice size rainbow trouts, pretty lake, and easy to get to.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Liked: fun fishing, gorgeous scenery, not too crowded, clean "outhouse" (for a park service variety) Disliked: bumpy roads getting there (only way in), no running water anywhere besides the lake, more restrooms would be nice for a lake that large

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Denver, Colorado
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88 reviews 88 reviews
43 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Enjoy a nice drive off the main road to enjoy this lovely lake back in the aspens. Although there is a day use fee for some organized grounds, one side of the lake has free public access and is well-used by fisher people and those with various water craft. It is just a curiosity to watch experienced lake folks jump... More

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Englewood, Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Cottonwood lake is in the middle of the collegiate mountains. Surrounded by nature and all the beauty that comes with it. great place to fish, picnic, or hike.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We were just randomly driving and happened upon this little lake...crystal clear water and plenty of fish...the surroundings were beautiful and there were several picnic areas and camp sites available...this would be the perfect place to kayak or canoe...I can't wait to visit again!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We have been here during all 4 seasons and have always had a good time. I've fished, hiked, skiied, sledded - you name it, around this area...and have enjoyed all of it.

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Montrose, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Only a 3 mile off road drive up a very pretty narrow canyon. Lots of color in the fall. Looks like good fishing. Many cabins surround the lake which makes it more like a second home place for big city dwellers. Campsites are available.

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