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Fern Lake
Location Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer County, Colorado, US
Coordinates 40°20′12″N105°40′35″W / 40.33667°N 105.67639°W / 40.33667; -105.67639 Coordinates: 40°20′12″N105°40′35″W / 40.33667°N 105.67639°W / 40.33667; -105.67639
Primary outflows Big Thompson River
Basin  countriesUnited States

Fern Lake is an alpine lake in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. It is a major source for the Big Thompson River.

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