Seaman Reservoir feels like a “hidden lake” because you have to know
about its existence and go on a little hike to get there. Once you climb
that last hill… suddenly there it spreads out in front of you.

Hidden Lake: Seaman Reservoir (Colorado)

Seaman Reservoir is about 15 miles north-west of Fort Collins,
Colorado. It belongs to the much more distant town of Greeley. It’s fed
by the North Fork Cache la Poudre River, which flows into the Cache la
Poudre River shortly after getting through the reservoir.

To access the hidden lake, you first get to enjoy a drive through Poudre Canyon, then enter Gateway Natural Area
and hike about a mile, including some elevation next to the reservoir
dam’s waterfall. That last little bit of hiking is rewarded by the view
of the expansive reservoir and surrounding hills. There usually aren’t
too many people and no noisy boats. You may see people cliff jumping at
Seaman Reservoir; but please keep in mind that in 2015 a 22-year-old man
died in the process.

There’s only one hiking trail along the west
side of the reservoir. The east side is not accessible, except during
hunting season. Non-motorized water crafts, fishing and swimming are

This video is an extended version of the 1-minute video “Seaman Reservoir – In A Colorado Minute (Week 218)” I released in 2014. My supporters on Patreon
voted for this video to be the monthly “longer video” for October. Once
I started editing, I felt some regret about having added this video as
an option to the monthly poll. I had forgotten that my tripod broke on
this outing and that the footage was rather unsteady – especially once
the wind picked up. So if you feel a little bit wobbly while watching
this video, it’s not you, it’s the video 😉

The featured song is the instrumental version of “The Parade” by Josh Woodward ( This song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License. Thank you, Josh!

Seaman Reservoir – Colorado

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