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Lonetree Reservoir, Colorado

Lone Tree Reservoir


  • location: southwest of Loveland, CO
  • size: 500 acres
  • elevation: 5,131 feet
  • controling agency:
    Colorado Division of Wildlife
  • entrance fee: Colorado habitat stamp
  • directions from Campion on 287 Road between Loveland and Berthoud: 3.5 mile west on County Road 14 to Lonetree Drive, 1 mile south on access road to reservoir
  • blog entries

A quiet fishing lake just below Carter Lake. Some pelicans. Beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains' Front Range with Longs Peak.

04/02/2002. During spring time the reservoir is usually full. You can paddle behind shoreline bushes and trees and explore all bays that are disappearing later in summer. There is a large heron colony in tall cottonwoods on the SE shore.

It was a cold weather paddling in early April. Wind and freezing temperature created icicles on all twigs and branches touching the water. My boat was also covered by ice.

Lone Tree Reservoir
Lone Tree Reservoir

04/11/2002. It was very windy evening resulting in a spectacular performance of clouds, sky and sun light. I had a pretty hard time in an open boat with only a bow cover. A good occasion to train a balance and to test my electric bilge pump.

Lone Tree Reservoir

04/28/2002. A beautiful day, getting windy in the afternoon as usual. A lot of fishing boats, even some canoes.

It was my safari training. 5 hours, 5 circles around the lake including all possible bays, more than 20 miles of paddling, average speed: 6 mph with a kayak paddle, 5.5 mph with a canoe paddle. In addition to paddling I was training getting out from the boat on all fallen trees I could find and carrying the boat over them - a poor simulation of log jams in San Marcos River in Texas.

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