Red Feather Lakes is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. The population was 343 at the 2010 census. The Red Feather Lakes Post Office has the ZIP Code 80545. Located in the Rocky Mountains northwest of Fort Collins, it is a rustic mountain village surrounded by the Roosevelt National Forest.
Red Feather Lakes is located in north-central Larimer County at 40°48′28″N 105°34′43″W / 40.80778°N 105.57861°W / 40.80778; -105.57861 (40.807820, -105.578641), at an elevation of 8,100 to 8,500 feet (2,500 to 2,600 m). Via Red Feather Lakes Road, it is 24 miles (39 km) west of U.S. Route 287 at Livermore and 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Fort Collins, the county seat.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.7 square miles (25.0 km), of which 9.1 square miles (23.6 km) are land and 0.54 square miles (1.4 km), or 5.49%, are water. There are at least 12 named lakes in the community, including Parvin Lake, Dowdy Lake, West Lake, Snake Lake, Letitia Lake, Red Feather Lake, Lake Ramona, Hiawatha Lake, Apache Lake, Shagwa Lake, Lake Nokomis, and Lake Erie. All of the lakes in the CDP eventually drain to Lone Pine Creek, an east-flowing tributary of the Cache la Poudre River, part of the South Platte River watershed.
As of the census of 2000, there were 525 people, 262 households, and 175 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 14.3 people per square mile (5.5/km²). There were 1,106 housing units at an average density of 30.2 per square mile (11.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.95% White, 0.95% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.29% of the population.
There were 262 households out of which 14.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 2.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.40.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 13.0% under the age of 18, 3.0% from 18 to 24, 18.7% from 25 to 44, 40.4% from 45 to 64, and 25.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,527, and the median income for a family was $40,714. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $43,333 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,231. About 3.2% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.7% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.