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Camping: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Salida Ranger District

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Cottonwood Lake Picnic Ground

Elevation: 9,500 Feet (2961.3 Meters)
Reservation Contact: Local
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Hand-propelled boats only may access the waters of this 37-acre alpine lake
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Hand-propelled boats only may access the waters of this 37-acre alpine lake
The Cottonwood Lake Picnic Ground is a free day-use area that includes 19 picnic units. Each site contains a picnic table and fireplace with 1 vault toilet and 1 garbage dumpster for the area. No drinking water is available at this site.

Cottonwood Lake provides opportunities for boating and fishing. The lake is one of the main attractions of the area encompassing 37 acres for hand propelled boats and rafts. A boat launch is available for small boats on the northern shore. Fishing is accessible in the lake or the streams that feed it. A state fishing license is required for all anglers.

Directions from Buena Vista: Drive west 7 miles on Cottonwood Pass Road, Highway 306; and then travel south 4 miles on County Road 344 to Cottonwood Lake.

Directions from Buena Vista: West 7 miles on Hwy 306, then south 4 miles on Co Rd 344 to Cottonwood Lake

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: May through November .

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Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: This is not free.... They charge $4.00 to access this area...

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Cottonwood Lake
ICON Hand Powered Boating Cottonwood Lake
ICON Canoeing Cottonwood Lake
ICON Picnicking Cottonwood Lake Picnic Ground

Related Activities
Collegiate Peaks Campground - The Collegiate Peaks Campground provides access to a variety of recreation opportunities. The site is heavily wooded with Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and aspen trees.

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.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Salida Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 325 Rainbow Blvd. , Salida, CO, 81201, Phone: 719-539-3591, Fax: 719-539-3593


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