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Camping: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Collbran Ranger District

Quick Facts

Cottonwood Lake Campground

Capacity: 210 People
Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 42
Reservation Status: Not Accepted




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General Description

Cottonwood Lake Campground lies in the northern section of the Grand Mesa on the eastern shore of Cottonwood Lake (number 1). The site includes 42 units, some of which can accommodate vehicles up to 30 feet in length. Cottonwood Lake Campground lies at 10,000 feet in elevation and provides access to hiking, boating and fishing.

Directions from Collbran: Drive south on County Road 59, which becomes Forest Road 121 once it reaches the Grand Mesa, for approximately 11 miles to Forest Road 257. Turn Right on to 257 and follow it approximately five miles to the campground.



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Sue
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Beautiful drive into the site, but a little confusing at times.
Conditions: Lots and lots of bity bugs, and lake not easily accessible to campsites.

Filed By: Larry (Mulvane, , Ks.)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A great place to getaway to. Not a lot of people during the week. Maybe 10 other people in the campground while we were there. A great place to go fishing, biking, and hiking. We have been coming here for 8 years. If your looking for a place to getaway from the rat race this is it. Cool mountain breezes, Quiet days & even quieter nights.
Conditions: It was 70-75 during the day and 45-50 at night. It was sunny the whole time we were there. No rain, kind of disappointing. There is nothing better than a light rain storm in the mountains. Best of all very few bugs.
Water Availability: Water was not a problem since they have a water souce in the campground. We were there 5 days.

Filed By: KATHY (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: OUR STAY IN THE PRIMITIVE AREA WAS NICE. WE HAD NO PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER. THE PEOPLE WE MET WERE KIND AND WATCHED OUR CAMP WHILE GOIN TO THE LAKE TO CANOE. I WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANY FAMILY ABOUT COTTONWOOD. WE PLAN TO RETURN AGAIN THIS SUMMER. THANK YOU ALSO THE FISHING IS GREAT I CAUGHT MY FIRST FISH EVER, SO I'LL NEVER FORGET COTTONWOOD.
Conditions: IT WAS SUNNY, HOWEVER WE HAD A SHADE TENT WHICH MADE A DIFFERENCE BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF TREES. NOT TO MANY BUGS AT ALL.
Water Availability: WE TOOK OUR OWN WATER SUPPLY AND WE WERE FINE. OUR STAY WAS 2 NITES.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boating Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON RV Camping Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Camping Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Canoeing Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes



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