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Quick Facts

Cottonwood Lake

Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 129
Recommended Season: Summer
Road Number: 344 South Cottonwood Road
Size: 37 Acres
Usage: Heavy
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle




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General Description

Hand-propelled boats only may access the waters of this 37-acre alpine lake
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Hand-propelled boats only may access the waters of this 37-acre alpine lake
Cottonwood Lake lies south of Cottonwood Pass along the South Cottonwood drainage. The lake covers 37 acres that accommodate nonmotorized boats. Fishing is good in the lake and various streams in the area. A campground and picnic ground exist in the immediate area of the lake. Hiking, biking and four-wheel driving may be enjoyed in the surrounding terrain.

Directions from Buena Vista: Drive west 7 miles on Highway 306 (Cottonwood Pass). Turn left (south) on County Road 344, immediately west of Rainbow Lake, for 4 miles to Cottonwood Lake.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Mid-May through September (NOTE: Picnic ground on east side of lake, campground on west side of lake) . Normally Accessible: October through December (NOTE: services limited (no water or trash)) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Rasta ( Colorado Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: easy drive fishing was good
Conditions: no adverse conditions
Water Availability: na
Recommended Clothing: dress for the weather
Suggested Accessories: fishing pole, float tube



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Cottonwood Lake - Colorado Trail
No
ICON Hand Powered Boating Cottonwood Lake
Yes
ICON Camping Cottonwood Lake - Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Family Camping Cottonwood Lake - Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON RV Camping Cottonwood Lake - Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Automobile Travel Cottonwood Lake - Cottonwood Pass
No
ICON Cold Water Fishing Cottonwood Lake
Yes
ICON Fishing Cottonwood Lake
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Cottonwood Lake - upper South Cottonwood Road
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Cottonwood Lake - Popular Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, Mt. Yale Trail, Hartenstein Trail, Browns Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Cottonwood Lake - Popular Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, Mt. Yale Trail, Hartenstein Trail, Browns Pass Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Cottonwood Lake
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Cottonwood Lake
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Cottonwood Lake
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Cottonwood Lake - Colorado Trail, South Cottonwood Road
Yes
ICON Canoeing Cottonwood Lake
Yes
ICON Picnicking Cottonwood Lake - Cottonwood Lake Picnic Ground
Yes
ICON Scenic Driving Cottonwood Lake - Cottonwood Pass
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Cottonwood Lake
Yes



Related Activities
Colorado Trail (Clear Creek to North Cottonwood Cr - Segment 12 of the Colorado Trail leads 18 miles south from Clear Creek Road to North Cottonwood Creek Road. Opportunity exists to hike the lofty peaks of Mts. Harvard and Columbia from this section of the trail.

Cottonwood Lake Campground - The immediate area surrounding Cottonwood Lake Campground is wooded by small aspen trees. The site is located in the central Rocky Mountains.

Poplar Gulch Trail - The Poplar Gulch Trail leads north miles from St. Elmo to South Cottonwood Creek. It traverses 2 scenic valleys and over a high saddle for views of the Sawatch Mountain Range.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box P, South US 24 , Buena Vista, CO, 81211, Phone: 719-395-6612

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