This good-sized reservoir is a must hit spot when in the area. The lake often holds large flocks of both dabblers and divers, and when low, shorebirds. Look for sparrows on the grassy knolls around the lake. Hummingbird feeders in the small town on the south side of the lake can contain up to four species. Mammals may include mule deer, elk and fox.
Attractions: Near Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway
Habitat: Reservoir, Grassland/Prairie
Directions: From the center of Westcliffe, drive north on CO 69 for less than half a mile and take a right onto Lake De Weese Rd.(CR 241). Travel north for 4 miles and bear left when CR 241 goes right to the boat ramp. Follow this road to the fifth right (Elk Lane), and take a right. Go to the end of the road to a bluff overlooking the lake. This is the best place from which to scan the southern half of the lake. The northern half of the lake is best scanned from the boat ramp reached by going right at the fork described above rather than left.
Delorme: 71 C7
Roads of Colorado: 120 A2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Restrictions: Obey CDOW rules and regulations; be aware of hunters in season
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Camping on lakeshore, or hotel in Westcliffe
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car