Cowdrey Lake State Wildlife Area

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When not busy with boaters, this lake can be productive for waterbirds, including mixed flocks of geese, diving ducks, and even loons in fall. There is a nice patch of thick vegetation along the southeast shore where migrant passerines are sometimes concentrated and species such as Lincoln’s Sparrow breed. Golden Eagles and (in the winter) Rough-legged Hawks are common in the area, and keep an eye out for moose in any wet spot nearby.

County: Jackson
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt

Directions: Cowdrey Lake is just west of CO 125 along CR 39 (unmarked, but there is a large green SWA sign marking the entrance) 1.5 miles south of Cowdrey, and 7.5 miles north of Walden.

Delorme: 17 B7
Roads of Colorado: 22 B4

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

Restrictions: None
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: None

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Some car birding

Elevation: 7935
Latitude: 40.83918441
Longitude: -106.3119507

Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveYes
Camping
Picnic
HuntingNo
FishingNo