Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Pinewood Reservoir Conditions

Park elevation: 6580'
Report last updated: 8/9/2017

Current Conditions

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Evening visitors. Help keep your site free of trash and leftovers, and keep wildlife wild! Photo by Ranger A. Louie
Park situation

Active deer in the area - Please exercise caution as you approach the Carter Lake area. The deer in and around our district have been very active as of late and we've experienced numerous vehicle vs deer accidents over the last few weeks.

Self-serve permit stations are NOT available at this reservoir. Permits can be purchased from campground hosts, the north or south entrance gatehouses for Carter Lake, and at the north shore marina store at Carter Lake.

Required ANS Inspections: Starting June 23, 2017, motorized, trailered watercrafts must be inspected for aquatic nuisance species (ANS) before launching on Pinewood Reservoir. Boats must be pre-inspected at nearby Carter Lake or another inspection station in Colorado before coming to Pinewood Reservoir. Get more info.

Fishing Regulations

Anglers have reported having good luck with spinners, salmon eggs and power bait.

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 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:

Monday- Friday 8:00am- 4:30pm

Saturday-Sunday 10:00am- 4:00pm

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

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


Many of our local elk and deer have begun the frequent the Carter Lake area. Please be aware and exercise caution when approaching and driving through the area this season.

No Hunting or collecting of antlers allowed in Larimer County Parks

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