Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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Looking forward to a quiet morning or afternoon fishing, relaxing in a hammock or paddling slowly around a pretty lake? Then Manitou Lake may be just the ticket.

This 5-acre lake is just a 15-minute drive north of Woodland Park and 45 minutes from Colorado Springs. There is a reserveable group picnic ramada, lots of picnic tables scattered around the lake, and a couple of fishing decks over the water. A trail circumnavigates the lake and passes through a small wetland area at the lake’s outlet where bird watching should be good. The park is managed by Pike National Forest, and there is a day use fee. The Colorado Campground is adjacent, and there is no obvious fee collection point walking in from that direction.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Beautiful little lake. Nice facilities for picnics and fishing. Loop trail. Near bike trail.

Cons

None.

Features

ADA accessible
Family friendly
Vault toilet
Potable water
Covered picnic areas
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Bird watching
Fishing

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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