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Douglas Lake, Colorado

Douglas Lake
looking towards NW

Douglas Lake - northern part
a nice long bay in the NW end

Douglas Lake -inlet bay
inlet bay in the NE end
  • location: northeast of Fort Collins, CO, west of Wellington
  • size: 565 acres
  • elevation: 5,150 feet
  • controling agency:
    Colorado Division of Wildlife
  • entrance fee: Colorado habitat stamp
  • From Wellington exit on I-25, go 5.5 mile west, south and west on Highway 1 to County Road 15, 1 mile north on County Road 15 to County Road 60, then 1/4 mile west to LaVina Drive. North on LaVina Drive to the lake. From Fort Collins at Highway 287 and Highway1, take Highway 1 north 4 miles to Waverly cutoff (County Road 15), north on County Road 15 to County Road 60. Then 1/4 mile west to Lavina Drive, north to the lake. There are brown signs to Douglas Lake starting from County Road 15.

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Another fishing lake, quite popular among Fort Collins paddlers. There is a boat ramp (wakeless boating only) on western side next to the dam and a nicer sandy spot to launch kayaks on east shore at the end of the road. A lot of birds including pelicans and herons.

The lake is surrounded by new house developments but there is still some feel of prairies here and a nice view of the Rocky Mountains' Front Range.

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