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Cottonwood Lake

San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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Stunning views

Wonderful views and location! Near town, but you feel way out of town in the mountains. The... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mayville, Wisconsin
Great Lake!

Beautiful lake. Boating for fishing only. Primitive Camping in the back of lake area. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Denver, Colorado
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  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Wonderful views and location! Near town, but you feel way out of town in the mountains. The non-motorized lake is gorgeous and easily accessible from the campground. Saw many people fishing. Nice private spread out sites in aspens and evergreens. The only complaint would be...More

Thank firsttimers2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful lake. Boating for fishing only. Primitive Camping in the back of lake area. Lots of picnic areas. Beautiful scenery all around Lake is state supported so some fees on part of usage area. Good fishing from the looks of the fish lines I observed....More

Thank milehitraveler16
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we truly enjoyed staying in the campground in this beautiful area of Colorado. The lake is small and quite popular among locals. We kayaked and it was perfect for kayaking or paddle boarding. The water was calm and the view magnificent. Campground was quiet and...More

Thank kshikn
Reviewed 8 June 2017

My family has so much fun at Cottonwood! We hike, fish, picnic, splash, stargaze and more up there. It's our go to spot for "I'm bored!". Love the views.

1  Thank dragonflymama86
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Cottonwood Lake is beautiful. It is a high altitude lake with mostly smaller trout. There is also beaver pond fishing on the creek feeding it. No, it is not big. Usually the higher up you go, the smaller the lake. But stop, look around you...it's...More

Thank wdystt7
Reviewed 17 October 2016

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

1  Thank Denis C
Reviewed 11 October 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.

Thank Ryan R
Reviewed 29 September 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!

Thank Naomi S
Reviewed 18 September 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.

Thank cbbv2016
Reviewed 3 September 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.

Thank Kim C
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Nancy A
20 July 2016|
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Response from Michael L | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. They have launches too.