Lake Loveland is probably the most famous lake in Loveland, and it is a pretty big lake. But it isn’t the biggest lake. No, the biggest lake in Loveland is another lake called the Boyd Lake. Here, let me show you a crudely edited Google Maps snippet.
The image above is more or less the entire coverage of Loveland city. As you can (hopefully) see, Boyd Lake is at least twice as big as Lake Loveland. And boy, I never noticed until now, look at all those blue specks, there are A LOT of lakes in Loveland, isn’t it?
There are two parks in the vicinity of Boyd Lake: Boyd Lake State Park, and Seven Lakes Park. I thought seven lakes sounds more awesome than one lake, so when I came, I parked my car at the Seven Lakes Park.
How to go? If you’ve read my previous two posts on Benson Sculpture Garden and Lake Loveland, then you would be familiar with W Eisenhower Blvd. From I-25, go along this road, but don’t go all the way to Lake Loveland, turn right at N Boise Ave. You will then enter a residential area where all the roads are small, so keep your eyes open. Turn right at Park Dr and go all the way to the end. You have arrived at Seven Lakes Park.
Have I ever mentioned that I also love American houses, especially their size and open space? Since I was in a residential area, I spent some time wandering along the road by foot, taking in the lovely housing landscape.
I also spotted something interesting at one of these lovely houses. It was October, the month of Halloween. They have these pumpkins and stuff placed at the front door. No idea why they do that, but it is rather interesting to me. Anyone knows why people place pumpkins at their doors for Halloween?
Anyway, let’s not get distracted. Let’s get back to the parks…
There is a reason why Seven Lakes Park is called the Seven Lakes Park. That is because, well, obviously, it is surrounded by seven different lakes. I only know the two largest lakes in this area are Boyd Lake and Horseshoe Lake, the remaining five are small lakes that I did not bother to find out about.
The reason I come here instead of straight to Boyd Lake State Park is because I saw that the trails for both parks are connected. It means I can make it to Boyd Lake State Park from here by foot. And that was what I did. And it was a long walk, it took me two hours to walk to Boyd Lake, round the trail and come back. It was a good workout, and since it was late autumn, the weather was perfect (68°F/20°C) and the trees were lovely.
It is easy to know when you have left Seven Lakes Park and entered Boyd Lake State Park. There is a small bridge which you have to cross, and immediately after that, you will come to a wooden structure that I am hesitant to call a gazebo, because there’s no tables and chairs in it. I don’t know what this structure is called.
It doesn’t seem like much, and usually, I would ignore this structure and move on. I’m not sure why I stopped here for a closer look at that time. But it was good that I did. Apparently the posters on the walls are rather educational.
It appears that this park is a great place for wildlife photography. It was great that I came at the wrong time, don’t much fancy having close encounter with snakes and bugs and whatnot.
I think this is another place that American families come for a getaway trip. There is a RV park here. RV means Recreation Vehicle, it is the American term for what we would know as the caravan, or the camper van.
Actually, it has been (and still is) one of my dreams to one day rent one such vehicle and go on a road trip around North America. I wonder when that will happen though.
If you don’t fancy walking on nicely paved trails, there is a more advanced walk that you can do here. It is called the Grasslands Trail.
I did not do it. The notice said to take a brochure and follow the guide, but when I wanted to get one, there was no brochure. Well, it looked like just grass, but I thought there must be a good reason why they say follow the guide, isn’t it? I reckon if I just went in without any information, I might come across snakes nests or something equally horrible.
So, nope… better move on…
I guess by now you must be pretty frustrated with reading this. After all, I said Boyd Lake, but all you have seen so far are trails and trees and grass. Actually, I was as frustrated back then as you are right now. You are not seeing any lake yet because I am taking you on the same walk that I did, and I have not seen any sign of the lake yet. Until now.
You see, you need to walk a bit further down the Boyd Lake trail to be able to finally catch a proper glimpse of that big lake. And even then, you will only be able to see it from afar if you stick to the trail. If you turn back at this point out of frustration, that’s all you will ever see. But if you persevere for another mile, then you will leave the trees and be able to get a clearer view of the lake.
At this point of time, it would be mostly grass separating us from the lake. But, this is a place filled with wildlife, so it would not be wise to weave through the grass to get to the lakeside. You might inadvertently weave into something else, if you know what I mean.
But fret not, there are certain parts where the grass is cleared enough to form a path. This is where you can cross to get to the waters.
Finally, a clear shot of the lake. This is a really big lake!
At this point of time, if you feel somewhat…. underwhelmed, fret not. You don’t have to be in dilemma, because that was exactly how I felt. I think maybe it was because the weather turned gloomy all of a sudden (and this is absolutely normal for Colorado), the water did not look as blue as I had hoped for. And I am no Photoshop expert, I would just present to you what I captured at face value.
And the weather made me gloomy as well. And I was getting pretty tired and hungry. I have probably walked for close to 2 miles and the walk back would be of the same distance. So I decided it was time to turn back.
As I was walking back, I spotted some signboards that were not so immediately visible. These would be irrelevant to people who come here for a walk. These are meant for people who come here with fishing rods and/or guns. Yes, guns. Firearms mean guns, right?
I don’t know why guns though. What kind of waterfowl hunting require the power of guns? Alligators? In which case, shit. I just went to the waters with no precaution whatsoever, like it was nothing. I might be extremely lucky to be alive…
Better get the hell out of here before anything happen to me. On the walk back, my camera was running quite low on juice, so I just turned it off and focused on walking. After all, it was pretty much the same trail and same scenery.
But then I arrived at this part of the trail, and I could not resist thinking of a certain scene in that first Korean drama series that became popular worldwide, Winter Sonata. I have not watched that drama entirely, but I have seen some Youtube clips on certain scenes and music videos.
I don’t know, if you look at this picture, it is probably does not look like it. But when I was walking through these rows of trees, with the wind blowing, I really thought of scenes from that drama series.,
And then I finally arrived back at the Seven Lakes Park where I parked my car, and was able to capture this shot.
Yes, this is a gazebo. A gazebo, trees with leaves of different colors, and lots of dry leaves on the grass. This is probably my favorite shot from this walking trip, which unfortunately has got nothing to do with Boyd Lake. Sorry.
And that’s it. That’s the end of my Boyd Lake walkabout…