This beautiful lake at approximately 9,600 feet has a campground and many fine montane habitats, including mixed-conifer forest with scattered aspen and a large willow carr just upstream from the lake; watch for Wilson’s Snipe, Fox Sparrow and Cooper’s Hawk. The cliffs opposite the lake can provide views of mountain goats, and the canyon has bighorn sheep also. A trip here in the warmer months will be well-rewarded.
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Mixed Conifer Forest, Streamside Willow, Krummholz, Alpine Tundra
Directions: From the traffic light in Buena Vista, go west on 306 (Cottonwood Pass Road) about 5.5 miles to Road 344 (dirt) and turn left. The lake is along this road in about three miles.
Delorme: 59 B7
Roads of Colorado: 102 A1
Dates of Access: Campground open mid-May to mid-September
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: Camping fee
Restrictions: Hiking can be a hazardous activity; bring raingear and water, and avoid thunderstorms
Lodging: Tent and RV camping
Handicapped Access: Two accessible fishing piers at the picnic area