Dowdy Lake sunset

County Offices, Courts and the Landfill will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. Critical services at Larimer County will not be disrupted by this closure.


Pinewood Reservoir Conditions

Park elevation: 6580'
Report last updated: 8/26/2015

Current Conditions

photo from park
Helping to keep our park clean
Park situation

Self-serve permit stations are not available at this reservoir; permits must be purchased at the north or south entrance of Carter Lake.

Fishing conditions

Pinewood was recently stocked with 1700 Cutthroat trout.

The limit for trout is four (4) per person with no size requirement.

The limit for tiger muskie is one (1) per person, and it must be 36" in length or larger.

For the most current conditions and stocking reports, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website. Or join our fishing forum at to send and receive messages from fellow anglers and share your fishing knowledge!

Water level and boat ramps

Water Elevation: 6573 ft.


Attention campers: If you do not have a reservation for a campsite, you will need to visit the Larimer County Administrative Office at 1800 South County Road 31 to purchase your campsite during the following hours:

Saturday-Thursday - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday - 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

Camping fees will no longer be accepted at your campsite. A reservation for camping is highly recommended. 

To reserve a campsite, please call (800) 397-7795 or visit

Camping reservations may now be made from 1-180 days in advance.


Mule deer and elk are plentiful this time of year. Please drive carefully as wildlife often gather near the roads.

Park events

A complete list of upcoming events can be found at

See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.
Background Image: Dowdy Lake Sunset by John Bartholow. All rights reserved.