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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Cottonwood Lake - Chaffee County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: At about 9,000' elevation, the area around Cottonwood Lake is worth exploring. Be sure to swing your scope or binoculars up to the cliffs opposite the lake. You might see mountain goats. Watch along the canyon for bighorn sheep. Camping is available here, too. Be sure to spend some time investigating the huge willow carr above the lake. Wilson's Snipe, Fox Sparrow, and Cooper's Hawk are known inhabitants.

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.
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