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Where to Go Cottonwood Creek – Above Buena Vista

Cottonwood Creek has three branches before it arrives in the town of Buena Vista. Middle Cottonwood Creek is accessed above Rainbow Lake (private) to the top of Cottonwood Pass. South Cottonwood Creek contains Cottonwood Lake, a very popular campground. Fishing is best beyond the campground. North Cottonwood Creek is the trailhead for Mount Harvard and contains a nice lake for fly fishing called Anglemeyer Lake which is a two-mile hike from the trailhead.






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Fish Species: Brook, Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat

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Directions - 96.4 Miles - 1 Hour 52 Minutes

  1. Turn right onto US-24 W/W Hwy 24
  2. Turn left onto US-24 W/US Hwy 285 S
  3. Turn right onto US-24 W
  4. Turn left onto W Main St (signs for County Rd 306/Cottonwood Pass)
  5. Continue onto State Hwy 306