Larimer County “three in a row” reservoirs offer unique fishing, hiking, camping opportunities
Carter Lake, Pinewood Reservoir, Flatiron Reservoir boast great fishing, provide tremendous variety of outdoor resources
Water laps up on the shore of Carter Lake near the marina, April 10, 2015.
Heading north on Interstate 25 from Denver, just prior to exit 250 (Berthoud), one sees a sign that says “Carter Lake.” But that sign is misleading. The road west goes to Carter Lake, which is a great destination, but that is only the beginning.
Continuing a short drive west up the foothills, there are two more recreation areas: Flatiron Reservoir and Pinewood Reservoir. These “three in a row” reservoirs — Carter, Flatiron and Pinewood — are part of the Big Thompson water system that diverts water from the mountains for storage.