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Cottonwood Lake

San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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Favorite place to go in the summer!

My family has so much fun at Cottonwood! We hike, fish, picnic, splash, stargaze and more up there... read more

Reviewed 8 June 2017
dragonflymama86
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Buena Vista, Colorado
Yes, it is small, but if you truly take in the view, it's huge!

Cottonwood Lake is beautiful. It is a high altitude lake with mostly smaller trout. There is also... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2017
wdystt7
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Buena Vista, Colorado
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  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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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.

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

Reviewed 18 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.

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.

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!

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.

Reviewed 4 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.

Reviewed 31 August 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...More

Reviewed 31 August 2016

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

Reviewed 29 August 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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