The lake is located 23 miles north of Pagosa Springs on Piedra Road. This all-weather road winds through first residential areas then private ranches before crossing the Piedra River and reaching the 343 acre reservoir. We were told at our resort that 3 pairs of golden eagles fish the lake in early morning and late afternoon. We did not see the eagles, only an angry hawk scolded us from above. The trip was not wasted. The view of this pristine blue lake set against the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains was well worth the trip. Our picnic meal tasted like gourmet fair in the still mountain coolness. We were sorry to see the sun go down and the view no longer visible. The return trip took longer as the mule deer and elk were moving and we sometimes had to share the road with them.