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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. It is popular for trout fishing and camping. The campground is newly remodeled and has drive in electric sites as well as walk in tent sites overlooking Pinewood Reservoir. The reservoir is part of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. The purpose of this water project is to divert water from the west slope to the east slope for drinking water, irrigation, and hydropower generation. Reclamation is solely responsible for power generation. The agencies jointly manage water levels for irrigation, municipal, and industry use. Recreation is managed by Larimer County Natural Resources.
Pinewood Reservoir offers excellent fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, wakeless non-motorized boating, and a playscape to explore.
Brand new, 15 standard drive in electric sites and 12 walk-in tent sites are found at Pinewood. There are vault toilets and water spigots throughout the campground in addition to day use parking, picnicing, and a natural play area.
Nearby Attractions
Carter Lake and Horsetooth Reservoir boating, swimming and fishing are 15-30 minutes away. Rocky Mountain National Park is one hour away.
Alerts and Important Information

Pinewood Reservoir will experience low water levels beginning in January. The water levels will remain low into March.

Pinewood Reservoir specific notices:

  • The boat ramp for Pinewood Reservoir is closed and no trailered watercraft and or watercraft operated by any sort of motor may be launched at Pinewood. Exclusions include hand-launched rafts, kayaks, belly boats, float tubes, canoes, windsurfer boards, sail boards, stand-up paddleboards or inner tubes. No swimming is allowed.
  • Drinking water and vault restrooms are located in each campground. Water available at Pinewood Reservoir from April - August. For printable maps visit our website https://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/reservations/campgrounds .
  • Pinewood Campgrounds water is shut-off from September-April. Nearest available frost free water spigot is at Flatiron Campground, 4 miles to the east.
  • Water levels and current weather conditions can be found online: https://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/parks/webcams or call 970-619-4570 for more information.

  • All Campsite Reservations:

  • Each reservation is for one camping unit per site. (A camping unit is defined as a wheeled unit used to sleep in such as RVs, 5th wheels, trailers, pop-ups, etc.) Second units are NOT allowed at any campsite or cabin, but additional ground tents are allowed. (Call 970-619-4570 with questions.)
  • 6-8 people maximum per campsite at Carter Lake, Flatiron, Pinewood, and Horsetooth Reservoir campgrounds. The person making the reservation is responsible for ensuring all site occupants know and obey all regulations.
  • Check In: Noon at campsites (can check in later). Go directly to campsite after obtaining required park entrance permits (annual or daily). Check Out: 11 AM.
  • Same day camping reservations are allowed at the park during regular business hours ONLY. No walk up, after hours camping without a reservation.

  • Cancellations, Changes, Fees, and Rules:

  • Reservations can be updated or cancelled online by logging in through ReserveAmerica. Or call 1(800) 397-7795 to change dates, site info, add nights, etc.
  • No Shows: Reservations will be held for visitors whether they show up or not. Reservation holders must cancel in advance to release their campsites.
  • Reselling a campsite or other service provided by Larimer County is NOT ALLOWED and may result in fines.
  • Cancellation fee: $6.35 per site/per reservation will be charged to the customer. (At no time shall the customer be charged more to cancel the reservation than it would have cost to camp.)
  • Cancel 6 days or more prior to arrival - An applicable refund will be granted less cancellation fee and reservation fee.
  • Cancel 5 days or less prior to arrival - 1 night use fee plus cancellation fee and reservation fee.

  • Please check the Season Dates tab for annual updates on site availability.

    Pinewood Reservoir camping trips are easy to plan with ReserveAmerica. Pinewood Reservoir campground reservations can be made online. Click one of the links below to see available campsites at Pinewood Reservoir or day pass availability.