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Address: San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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Beautiful place

Beautiful mountain lake. Not the biggest lake but great for hiking, picnicking or fishing. Pretty close to town and worth the drive out there.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 11, 2016
RReese007
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Earth, Texas
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Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

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

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Earth, Texas
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Beautiful mountain lake. Not the biggest lake but great for hiking, picnicking or fishing. Pretty close to town and worth the drive out there.

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Thank RReese007
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

This lake has plenty of room for boating (non-motorized), kayaking, paddle-boarding, tubing, fishing, and hiking. Right now there is BEAUTIFUL Autumn colour!

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Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

The drive there is not great but as soon as you reach your destination, the views will take your breath away. Great place for camping, fishing, picnic and exploring with kids.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

The lake is lovely however small.Worth a look around leave changing time. Lots of lakes in Colorado look just like this and are about the same size.

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Thank Kim C
Austin, Texas
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114 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

It is a fairly small lake and we saw some log cabins around it that is possibly for rental in the main season. There is paid parking ($7) if you will go for a hike or fish. Overall beautiful even in pouring rain while you watch the clouds moving in.

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Thank Alexandra K
Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Easy access, stunning views. Needs restrooms at lake, however. Mostly a family-friendly lake with excellent fishing.

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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398 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

This little lake is really a beautiful stop when in the Buena Vista area. It can be busy, but there are plenty of peaceful spots to enjoy.

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Thank Janet F
Forney, Texas
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Nice little mountain lake. Drove to the summit of Cottonwood Pass and decided to stop by the lake on the way down. Pretty bumpy road getting there. Was probably a gem at one time. Too many people for such a small lake and the area around it has too many ATVs.

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Thank Gaylan M
Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

This is a nice place to drive when your out and about on a scenic drive.Nice places to stop along the way and once you get there Plenty to do and see from trails to fishing or having a picnic it worth going to

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