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Pinewood Reservoir, Loveland Trip

July 31

Are you new to the club or needing a little extra help to get started?  Look for “Buddy Here!” in the attendee list above. Reach out directly to Buddies to  coordinate. We can’t guarantee that CWF Buddy Volunteers will always be available on a trip but we’ll try!


Margot Iwanchuk, m.iwanchuk@gmail.com, 617-872-8359
8/14/2021 Pinewood Reservoir requires entrance and camping permits, and is open year round. At 6,580 feet in elevation, it is west of Flatiron Reservoir, southwest of Loveland, Colorado, and northwest of Berthoud, Colorado. $9/vehicle or $9/boat trailer only, or
$18/vehicle and boat trailer


From Denver:
Take I-25 north to Exit 257B (Highway 34 - Loveland) heading west. Continue west through Loveland on U.S. Highway 34 (Called Eisenhower in Loveland)
Watch for the "Carter Lake" road sign just past mile marker #85. Turn left (south) onto County Road 29 and continue for 2 miles.
Turn right (west) onto County Road 18E and continue another 2 miles.
Watch for signs directing you turn left (south) to the park entrance station. (You must buy your park entrance permits here.)
Go back north to County Road 18E and turn left (west) continuing approximately 1/2 mile to Flatiron Reservoir or approximately 4 1/2 miles to Pinewood Lake. Ramsay-Shockey Open Space Trailhead is at the west end of Pinewood Lake.
From Loveland:
Take U.S. Highway 34 west through Loveland.
Follow directions from #2 above

From Fort Collins:
Take Taft Hill Road south from Fort Collins to U.S. Highway 34 (Eisenhower) in Loveland and turn right (west).
Follow directions from #2 above

From Longmont or Boulder:
Take U.S. Highway #287 north to County Road 56. Go west until the road curves to the north and you see a sign for Carter Lake. Turn left (west) onto County Road 8E, continuing for 3 miles.
Stop at the entrance station to purchase Park Entrance Permits. Continue west about halfway up the hill (watch for the sign). Turn right (north) onto County Road 31 and continue all the way around the lake. Continue north 2 miles, past The Natural Resources Department, to the stop sign and turn left onto County Road 18E.
Go approximately 1/2 mile to Flatiron Reservoir and approximately 4 1/2 miles to Pinewood Lake. Ramsay-Shockey Open Space Trailhead is at the west end of Pinewood Lake.
Meet Time/Location:

We will meet at the picnic area just as you arrive on LHS with a porta potty, parking lot and a couple of tables.
Trip Details:
Alternate names for this reservoir include Rattlesnake Lake and Rattlesnake Reservoir. This is a beautiful lake with great fishing around the edge with path as well a perfect for kayaks and float tubes. Down near the dam is a cove called "Fisherman's Cove" which is deep and productive. Rainbow trout, browns, Snake River cutthroat, and occasional lake trout can be caught from shore or boat. Tiger muskie (a cross between a northern pike and muskellunge) has been stocked. These fish grow quite large.

To comply with regulations, all trailered watercraft and or watercraft operated by any sort of motor are not allowed on Pinewood Reservoir. Only hand-launched rafts (with more than two air chambers), kayaks, belly boats, canoes, windsurfer boards, sailboards, and stand-up paddleboards are allowed on the water in this area.
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. The campground is newly remodeled and has drive in electric sites as well as walk in tent sites overlooking Pinewood Reservoir. ALL (27)


July 31
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