Pinewood Reservoir is located west of Carter Lake at an elevation of 6,580 feet. Pinewood is 100 acres of water surrounded by 327 acres of public land. In 1952, the Pinewood Reservoir was completed as part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, which diverts water from west of the Great Continental Divide to the cities in Colorado’s Front Range.
The scenic reservoir is easy to access from the front range, making it extremely popular for fishing, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors. This project will make it harder to fully enjoy and camp in the area. “Undercover Colorado” has a complete list of camping, biking, fishing and more activities available.
Only hand-launched rafts/boards are allowed in the waveless lake (and the boat ramp is closed). For more on activities, permits, and directions, go to the Larimer County Pinewood Reservoir web site.
NOTE: On the map, (not via roads) Pinewood Reservoir is located half way between Hwy. 36 and 34, and half way between Drake and Lyons. It is approximately 10 miles “as the crow flies” NorthEast from Pinewood Springs.
Low water levels at Pinewood Reservoir are expected September through December
LOVELAND: Pinewood Reservoir, located west of Flatiron Reservoir and southwest of Loveland, will experience multi-month low water levels beginning in September. Driven by construction associated with the Windy Gap Firming Project’s Chimney Hollow Reservoir, Pinewood water levels will decline beginning September 9-15, 2022. While Pinewood remains open, visitors are advised to expect diminished water surface area, which will impact normal recreation access at the reservoir.
The temporary draining will allow Northern Water to place a bulkhead at Pinewood Reservoir’s outlet into the Bald Mountain Tunnel. Refilling of Pinewood to normal levels (around 6,570 feet) will come after a separate rehabilitation project on the East Portal of Adams Tunnel is complete in mid-December.