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Description - Pinewood Reservoir is located west of Carter Lake at an elevation of 6,580 feet. Pinewood is 100 acres of water surrounded by 327 acres of public land. It is popular for trout fishing and camping. It is also a part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. The purpose of this water project is to divert water from the west slope to the east slope for drinking water, irrigation, and hydropower generation. Reclamation is solely responsible for power generation. The agencies jointly manage water levels for irrigation, municipal, and industry use.

Attractions - Developments include 3 campgrounds with 18 campsites and 1 boat-launch ramp. Access is good. The total available surface acreage for recreation is 97 acres. Only no-wake power boating is allowed.

Recreation - Primary recreational activities include fishing, camping, and boating. Primary sport fish available are rainbow trout. Facilities and campgrounds are closed in winter due to ice and snow.

Climate - The climate in Colorado varies tremendously from hot dusty summer days to frigidly cold winter nights. Colorado is known for its thunderstorms which form over the Rocky Mountains and then head across the eastern plains, often reaching 10,000 feet or more in height. Lightening is a serious threat, particularly on mountain peaks, lakes and open fields. Summertime temperatures routinely reach 90 to 100 degrees on the plains and the 70 - 80 degrees in the mountains. Cool weather is always possible at night throughout Colorado, particularly at higher elevations. It is not uncommon to need both shorts and a jacket on the same day.

Location - Off county road 18E about 12 miles southwest of Loveland, CO. A map is available above on this wildernet.com page.

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Pinewood is another of our favorite places - but I would agree that avoiding the summer weekends is good advice - but that is true with about everywhere anymore.

Filed By: Craig (Loveland, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Visited on May 2nd around 4 pm. Fishing was very slow going on worm,and spinners, casters. Others had better luck on Power bait and Salmon egg. The water is very low, and place was crowded.

Filed By: jreed (lakewood, co)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: this is a great, small, fishing lake nestled in the mountains. During the week is the best time to enjoy it. The weekends are a madhouse! The lake is small and easily gets crowded. Boating is tricky due to the fluctuating water levels and primitive boat ramp. Wakeless only is the rule if you go. Big tiger muskie in it but hard to catch. I caught a lot of trout during the spring and early summer though. Be aware of the riff raff that dont believe in following the rules. I had an encounter with a couple that refused to leash their dog and it attacked my puppy who was on a leash. Other than that, its a nice lake not far from Loveland that doesnt get the pressure that Carter Lake gets.

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Contact Information:
Pinewood Lake, Larimer County Parks Department, 1800 S. County Rd. 31 , Loveland, CO, 80537, Phone: 970-679-4570
, www.parksoffice@co.larimer.co.us

Additional Information:
Colorado Lakes & Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs included in this list range from small mountain lakes surrounded by snow capped peaks, to large reservoirs with beaches and boating facilities.


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