This small and scenic lake is surrounded by good ponderosa and mixed-conifer woodland. There are also some extensive tracts of willow surrounding the lake, where MacGillivray’s Warbler can be common. The extensive trails away from the campgrounds and picnic areas may provide views of elk, squirrels, raccoons, weasels, and perhaps even bobcat, mountain lion or black bear for the very lucky few.
Attractions: Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway
Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest, Streamside Willow, Lake
Directions: Lake Isabel is along CO 165, 18.5 miles south of the intersection with CO 96, and 18 miles from the intersection with I-25 in Colorado City. To scan the lake, and bird the surrounding woodland, head west from CO 165 on CR 371, which leaves the highway just south of the Custer/Pueblo County line.
Delorme: 82 A2
Roads of Colorado: 120 C4
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: Camping fee
Restrictions: Please respect private property
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Tent camping
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car; otherwise little