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Cottonwood Lake

San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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Beautiful!

We were told by a local about Cottonwood Lake. We rented paddle boards and packed a picnic. What... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
lisafinch2018
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Louisville, Kentucky
Even in the rain, this is a bonafide beautiful lake.

If I had another few days, this is a lake I would have liked to fish. It's a postcard only better... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dane H
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  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“trout” (8 reviews)
“small lake” (6 reviews)
“lovely lake” (3 reviews)
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San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told by a local about Cottonwood Lake. We rented paddle boards and packed a picnic. What a beautiful area and it was quiet. Great place to kick back and relax!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If I had another few days, this is a lake I would have liked to fish. It's a postcard only better. I was there on a rainly day, but even so there were canoes with sportsmen out on the lake--really it's just beautiful.

Thank Dane H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hiked to Harvard Lakes and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Beautiful views and peaceful hiking through the forest. We saw only 4 others on the trail as we ascended; they all were on the last part of their multiday trip on the Colorado Trail. Unfortunately,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's not an AWD rode, just washboard rough. Some of our party visited this while others rafted. Beautiful views, crystal water, lots of folks active on the water kayaking, spb, etc.

Thank D D
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Reviewed July 4, 2018 via mobile

Great place for families. Not so great if you want solitude. Lots of people fishing near the parking lot. Lots of people walking the paths. Not so much to disturb but if you want to be out of sight of other people or other fishermen...More

2  Thank 0219cbh
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

Enjoy a scenic drive to this charming lake, where there is a mountain goat viewing area. Fishing, SUP, and kayak/canoe paddling are the main pastimes on the small lake. Be sure to bring insect repellant. On your way home, you can stop at a hot...More

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Reviewed May 16, 2018

Drove out to Cottonwood lake on a cool spring evening. We were looking for mountain goats, elk and other wildlife and were also interested in seeing the lake. Unfortunately, there are not hiking trails all the way around it. There is a dock to fish...More

1  Thank Jean L
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

Great for picnics, canoeing and ATV rides. Peaceful and surrounded by mountains. Gorgeous views. Just lovely.

Thank April N
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Reviewed November 18, 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

2  Thank travelingtoday
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Reviewed October 3, 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!

2  Thank momdzall
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