19. Lake Isabel

Lake Isabel, San Isabel, Colorado

Mile marker 18.7, Highway 165

 One of the projects of the Forest Service and the San Isabel Public Recreation Association included building several recreational cabins in the 1920s near what is now Lake Isabel. Visitors can see several of the cabins behind the Lodge at San Isabel. The main part of the present-day restaurant was a mess hall for a first group of Civilian Conservation Corps ( CCC) workers and Colorado. The CCC and SIPRA also made improvements to the Rainbow Trail in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
 CCC workers built the Lake Isabel dam in 1936. On opening day, people drove up in 500 automobiles for the festivities.  Just as in the past, people today enjoy trout fishing and non-motorized boating in Lake Isabel. Other activities include hiking, camping, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice fishing.