A Perfect Colorado SUP Day !

by Mia Stockdale

Colorado has so many lakes and rivers to explore by stand up
paddleboard. Shane and I this spring made a list of new places that we
wanted to paddle in the state. We checked two of those off the list this
past weekend.

Our final destination was Cottonwood Lake 10 miles outside Buena
Vista. On the way there, we stopped at Clear Creek Reservoir to paddle,
right off of Highway 24. The runoff for this reservoir comes from the ghost
town of Winfield and it runs into the Arkansas River. It is a very pretty
reservoir with some nice beaches around it. There is not much boat traffic
and it is easy and convenient to get to. It makes a nice day trip from the
Vail Valley.

Our next stop was Cottonwood Lake, 10 miles west of Buena Vista.
We had seen a picture in a stand up paddle magazine of somebody paddling
there and it looked gorgeous. Driving up to the lake, you go through a
huge grove of Aspens. This would be an amazing place to go in the Fall as
well. When we arrived, the wind died down and the lake was like glass. We
timed it perfectly. This lake is spectacular surrounded by sheer rock
cliffs.

I paddled a couple laps around the lake, while Shane fished off
of his board. He caught 5 fish in 10 minutes. The fish were rising
everywhere. There is a nice little campground a half of a mile up the road
from the lake. We hope to go back and camp next time. We definitely will
return to this gorgeous lake.
On the way home, we stopped in Buena Vista for lunch at our
favorite lunch spot, House Rock. If you haven’t been, you have to check it
out. It is super healthy, with a good variety of options to choose from,
and large portions. I had the House Rock Salad with grilled chicken, which
has so many different vegetables in it. I just love it. Shane had the
Mediterranean bowl and we split the homemade sweet potato chips.

What a perfect summer day in beautiful Colorado.

Mia

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