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.
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 allowed.
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 😉