Dowdy Lake Campground

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Entrance Signs for Dowdy Lake Campground

Dowdy Lake Campground is located near the popular Red Feather Lakes area. It is located 48 miles northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado. The campground is next to Dowdy Lake in a ponderosa pine forest. Each site contains a tent pad, fire grate and picnic table. All campsites with a tent pad have a bear locker. The campground has 70 sites, including 10 walk-in tent sites. The back loops close in early fall leaving 30 sites open year round. All of the sites, except the walk-in tent sites, have electricity and can accommodate RVs of various sizes. There are five double sites available. The complex also includes a day-use area and boat ramp. This campground is extremely popular for fishing, hiking and mountain biking.

A lake sits behind a campsite surrounded by trees. Dowdy Lake Campgroud Site #6 A lake sits behind a campsite with a picnic table and trees. Dowdy Lake Campgroud Site #9 Campsite located next to Dowdly Lake

At a Glance

Current Conditions: First loop is open year round. 
Reservations: Campsites are reservable Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Reservations are accepted at all campsites. Make your reservations at or by calling 1-877-444-6777 as early as 180 days in advance and at least four days prior to arrival. There is an additional $9 fee for this service via the website and a $10 fee for reservations made via the call center.
Fees Check detailed fee information on or see general fees on our campground table. (A $5 fee for electrical service is included in price and is not subject to discounts.) Fees are discounted 25% when water is off. Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age and Golden Access passes provide cardholders half price for basic campground fees. Campsite fee includes use of the day-use area.
Open Season: 6/1 - 9/28
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: A single site may hold up to eight people. Double sites will accommodate more people. Tents must fit on the pads provided. RVs, trailers or other vehicles must fit on the parking spur because driving or parking off road is not permitted. The parking length ranges from 30 to 70 feet. Call the local ranger district office for site-specific measurements.
Closest Towns: Fort Collins, Red Feather Lakes
Water: Drinking water is usually available through late September.
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire: American Land & Leisure, Inc.
Information Center: Canyon Lakes Ranger DistrictContact Us

General Information

Directions: Drive 21 miles north of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287. Turn left (west) onto the Red Feather Lakes Road (County Road 74E) and travel approximately 22 miles. Turn right (north) and travel another mile to signed campground entrance on the right.

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