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Cottonwood Lake

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Address: San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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Trout fishing with a view

Incredibly beautiful mountain lake well-stocked with trout. Some of our party just enjoyed walking around the lake while others fished. We wished we'd allotted time for a second... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Donna W
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Andrews, Texas
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Andrews, Texas
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Incredibly beautiful mountain lake well-stocked with trout. Some of our party just enjoyed walking around the lake while others fished. We wished we'd allotted time for a second trip.

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Lakeland, Florida
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a nice lake along which you can hike in the base of the Cottonwood Pass which is also an exhilaration drive at sunset. So, an afternoon lake hike and drive to the top (another 15 minutes) provides a Continental Divide panorama at sunset that is likely to include a view of some distant storms.

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Woodland Park CO
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cottonwood lake lies in a very beautiful valley about 10-15 minutes out of Buena Vista. Access is via a 3 mile dirt road which seems to deter a lot of the crowds. The lake itself offers good fishing for stocker trout from the bank. It is a small lake with restrictions on boats. No motors are allowed including gas or... More 

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Salida, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great lake for those who like to paddle (row boats, kayaks, SUP). No motors allowed. I had a very enjoyable time kayaking and fishing from my kayak. Caught several fish in less than hour. If you paddle on the west end of the lake their are several little inlets to explore that are hidden from view. We plenty of... More 

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Buena Park, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been hiking around the lake along poplar gulch which was decent. You can hike all the way up to tincup pass by that route, but I've never made it that far. Ive paddle boarded on the lake which was super fun. Good picnic spots. There's a campground there and dispersed camping up the road a bit. I saw red... More 

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

8 miles or so West of Buena Vista on paved highway, followed by three miles of dirt road. The lake is a beauty. Seems the locals use it mostly for fishing, and we saw several people with catches. We went up to look for mountain goats, but we were too late in the day. Go at dawn or dusk and... More 

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful Lake stock with good fish we got our limit of 4 good size rainbow trout before lunchtime very busy on the weekend nicer to enjoy on weekdays, less crowds

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Pueblo
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11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good road driving up from town. Paved all the way to top of Cottenwood pass from Buena Vista, Co. Pass not aged on west side.

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lovely morning as a family, hiking and taking in the sights! The drive was gorgeous! Our family explored the area and appreciated the mid-week serenity of the lake with just the few fisherman in the area.

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Denver, Colorado
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Lake sits in a scenic area with easy access. No motorboats as it is a smaller lake and that makes it great for those in canoes, kayaks, kick pontoons, etc.

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