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Cottonwood Lake

San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We went there twice on our stay in Buena Vista. So relaxing and we enjoyed an excellent picnic accompanied by some cute local blue jays and amazing views.

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Buena Vista, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is a great lake to take the family for a time of fishing and picnicking. There is a nice campground with hookups close by the lake.

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Texas
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209 reviews 209 reviews
69 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

First of all, this lake is not in downtown Buena Vista as the TripAdvisor App map indicates. It is about 10 miles outside of town. To get there take CR 306 (Main Street), which is paved, west out of Buena Vista. Go about 7 miles to come to CR 344 to the left. This road is not paved and can... More

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Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a great lake for fishing or kayaking. It is in a quiet area which is part of the San Isabel National Forest. There are lots of hiking trails, picnic facilities available. It also appeared that there was a boat launch and pier. We had a lovely morning here with our family just fishing from the docks.

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Parker, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The tranquility of Cottonwood Lake is incredible. I have never gone to this lake and not caught a fish - although some fish have definitely been small!

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Santa Fe
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105 reviews 105 reviews
28 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Stopped here for a moment to watercolor - what a fantastic setting! I would recommend this - popular fishing hole too.

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Dallas, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Beautiful area with a stocked lake. Many camping areas, both formal and boondocking. Hiking, 4x4ing, jeeping with a town ( Buena Vista) fairly close. Two fee areas. One for camping and one day use.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We spent four nights at the Cottonwood national Forrest campground. The fishing at cottonwood lake was great, the senery was breathtaking. The primitive toilets were clean and well kept. The campground very nice and peaceful at night.

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Fort Lupton, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Been to Buena Vista MANY, MANY, MANY times, and this is our first time to visit Cottonwood Lake! Very beautiful setting! We camped up the road in the campground, and enjoyed our site very much. Quiet campground!

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Wichita, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Quiet and not far from Buena Vista. Choice of pay sites or where I camped to the west side of the lake with free tent and rv camping.

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