Seaman Reservoir is a hidden oasis just a short drive north-west of Fort Collins, Colorado. Tugged away behind hills along Poudre Canyon Road (Highway 14), it’s accessed through the Gateway Natural Area, which is also a lovely spot with picnic tables and barbecue grills along the rushing Poudre River.
Seaman Reservoir has an impressive man-made “waterfall” as part of a former Fort Collins water filtration system. The big appeal of the area however are the natural cliffs, from which some people love to dive. Scott, Whiskey and I preferred to hike around the reservoir on the skinny and mostly very natural (barely maintained) footpath and get to a spot where we could enjoy the vast nature on our own – with fishing, swimming, photographing and video recording.
The amount and variety of wildflowers and animals was stunning. We even saw a bald eagle soaring over the water and then the hills.
Unfortunately, the little tripod I bought in Mexico broke during the first shot, and the video has turned out a bit unsteady. But I figured you could handle it – especially, if you’ve watched my early In A Berlin Minute videos when I still refused to use a tripod for these from-the-hip micro films.
I enjoyed Seaman Reservoir so much that I’m sure we’ll be back here often during the summer and fall. Especially, during the weekend, it’ll be nice to get away from the rather crowded Horsetooth Reservoir.
You can now watch an extended version of this video: Hidden Lake: Seaman Reservoir (Colorado)