Big Johnson Reservoir/Blue Stem Open Space

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Aliases: Blue Stem Open Space

Big Johnson is the best reservoir in the area, and during migration and winter is teeming with ducks of many species, gulls, and sometimes loons and grebes. During migration all these and some shorebirds are present. Also keep an eye out for terns, prairie-dogs and Burrowing Owl around the reservoir, and Scaled Quail by the parking area. Sparrows and Lapland Longspurs can be found during the winter by walking around the lake.

County: El Paso
Habitat: Reservoir, Grassland/Prairie

Directions: From I-25 take the Academy exit (exit 135) and head east/north to Bradley Road. Take Bradley Road for approximately 4.4 miles to the parking lot at Blue Stem Open Space. Note: Bradley Road changes to Goldfield Drive along the way.

Delorme: 63 B5
Roads of Colorado: 105 F2

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Ownership: Municipal
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Please respect private property; obey ALL no trespassing signs
Parking: Yes
Lodging: Hotel in Fountain or Colorado Springs

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Easy walking trail

Elevation: 5810
Latitude: 38.74527
Longitude: -104.69489

Amenities

RestroomsNo
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveNo
Camping
Picnic
Hunting
Fishing