Pinewood Reservoir Conditions

Park elevation: 6580'
Report last updated: 8/26/2014

Current Conditions

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Helping to keep our park clean
Park situation

Effective Tuesday September 2nd, The Pinewood campgrounds will be closed until spring for a complete renovation.  The only fishing access will be the Fisherman's Cove parking lot.  There will be no camping available until the renovation is complete.

Daily entrance permits are available for purchase at the automated pay stations on South CR 31 and West CR 8E, near the entrance station gates. The automated pay stations accept credit and debit cards only. Cash or checks will no longer be accepted at the self-service automated pay stations.

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

Fishing has been active. Pinewood was recently stocked with 10" trout. People have reported catching them on green and pink powerbait. 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 levels can fluctuate daily.  Depending on water elevation, the reservoir may not be accessible for trailered boats.


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 are no longer be accepted at your campsite. A reservation for camping is highly recommended. To reserve a campsite, 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

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