Cottonwood Lake

4.7/5 (8 reviews)
Buena Vista, Colorado (Chaffee County)
Last Updated: 05/15/2021
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Highlights

The Cottonwood Lake Trail is a short, easy drive that allows for campground camping and several recreation opportunities in close proximity to downtown Buena Vista. The Cottonwood Lake Trail follows CR 344 along South Cottonwood Creek until it reaches Cottonwood Lake. The trail then continues around the lake to the Cottonwood Lake Campground and connects to the Mineral Basin Trail. Mineral Basin allows for access to the area above the lake for further exploration and off-roading. Cottonwood Lake offers shore fishing and a boat launch for non-motorized water craft. Many times you will find stand-up paddlers, canoes, kayaks, inflatable rafts and fishermen in float tubes enjoying the water based recreation the lake provides.

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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (8 reviews)
JP
500
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/25/2022

After camping for four nights and running Pomeroy Lake and Hancock Lake we wanted to run something easy (that also had a lake) on our way home. This trail was a perfect choice. You can't really call this a trail because it's so well maintained, flat, and wide. The lake is stunning with some pretty adventurous trails around its shore. Fished a little with no luck. But the dogs liked the swimming and the wife liked the hiking. The facilities were a little run-down; dock was in need of repair and closed, picnic tables were torn up. Pretty surprising since the lake is so close to downtown Beuna Vista and its so easily accessed and heavily used! But it was a nice stop and an easy ride back into town to gas up and head home. Would definitely visit the lake again—and continue on to Mineral Basin when we have more time.
Trail Review: Cottonwood Lake - JP
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Extremely well maintained dirt road.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/05/2021

Easy, graded road to Cottonwood Lake. Lake is gorgeous, saw kayakers and paddle boards on the lake. If you can handle a rougher road, continue past the lake and go up to Mineral Basin.
Trail Review: Cottonwood Lake - Shaun Seela
Trail Review: Cottonwood Lake - Shaun Seela
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Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
29200
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/15/2021

Road to the lake is dry. No ice remaining on lake.
Trail Review: Cottonwood Lake - Marcus Trusty
Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
29200
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/02/2021

The road to the lake is dry all the way. The lake still has ice covering about 85% of it, some of the shoreline and the inlet by the boat launch have open water.
Trail Review: Cottonwood Lake - Marcus Trusty

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