Dream Lake iced over - RMNP

Larimer County Offices, Courts, and Landfill are all closed on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 for the Labor Day Holiday. Critical services at Larimer County are not interrupted by closures. Critical services at Larimer County are not disrupted by closures.


Pinewood Reservoir Conditions

Park elevation: 6580'
Report last updated: 8/28/2016

Current Conditions

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Helping to keep our park clean
Park situation





  • Fuel Stoves and grills OK - NO CHARCOAL

  • No open flames outside of metal grates - NO tiki torches

  • No smoking outside unless on established roads and parking areas

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


Fishing Regulations

Both Trout and Tiger Muskie are stocked in this reservoir

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

Trout have been caught near Fisherman’s Cove using Powerbait, salmon eggs, and worms. Stocked on 8/9/16 with trout.

The Tiger Muskie limit is one (1) per person, and the fish 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 www.fishexplorer.com to send and receive messages from fellow anglers and share your fishing knowledge!

Water level and boat ramps


No swimming is allowed in Pinewood Reservoir

Water levels fluctuate almost daily


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 8:00am- 6:00pm

Friday 8:00am- 8:00pm

Camping fees will no longer be accepted at your campsite. A reservation for camping is recommended and, if available, walks ins are welcome. 

To reserve a campsite, please call (800) 397-7795 or visit www.larimercamping.com.

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


Stop by the Blue Mountain trailhead at the south end of the reservoir and check out our osprey viewing area. There are spotting scopes that will allow you to get a close up view of an active nest. You will frequently see them fishing in the area. Mule deer and elk are in the area, as well. Please drive carefully as wildlife often gather near the roads.

No Hunting nor collecting of antlers allowed in Larimer County Parks

Park events

A complete list of upcoming events can be found at http://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/news.cfm.

See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.
Background Image: Dream Lake frozen over in Rocky Mountain National Park by Bryce Bradford. All rights reserved.