DeWeese Reservoir

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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.

County: Custer
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
Hours:
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: Free

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: No
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car

Elevation: 7665
Latitude: 38.199946
Longitude: -105.460339

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

Amenities

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