Clear Creek Reservoir SWA

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This State Wildlife Area is centered around the largest lake in Chaffee County, which has breeding birds including Common Merganser, Osprey and sometimes California Gull. There is a large area of willows just upstream from the lake that can provide good birding also. Watch for Bald Eagles in late fall, as well as rabbits, coyotes, red fox, and elk along the highway. There is bighorn sheep viewing in the canyon near Granite.

County: Chaffee
Attractions: Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Sagebrush, Streamside Willow

Directions: From Buena Vista, go 13 miles north on US 24, then half a mile west on CR 390.

Delorme: 47 D7, 48 D1
Roads of Colorado: 86 B3

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours:
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: Free

Restrictions: No camping; no fires. Obey CDOW rules and regulations; be aware of hunters in season
Parking: Yes
Lodging: Hotel in Buena Vista or Leadville; cabins and camping near Twin Lakes

Handicapped:
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car

Elevation: 8875
Latitude: 39.02208
Longitude: -106.25412

URL: http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/StateWildlifeAreas/

Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveNo
CampingYes
PicnicYes
HuntingYes
FishingYes