Manitou Lake and Trout Creek
Aliases: Trout Creek
Manitou Lake and the adjacent Trout Creek area together comprise the finest birding spot in the county. This is a great place to find breeding Red-naped Sapsuckers and flycatchers, and many species of warbler and other landbirds migrate through in spring and fall. It is possible to see deer, elk and beaver in the area. Visitors will not be disappointed!
Habitat: Lake, Lowland Riparian, Streamside Willow, Ponderosa Forest
Directions: Take US 24 to Woodland Park. Turn right on CO 67 and head 7.3 miles to the Manitou Lake entrance on the right. Note that there is a $5 entry fee at Manitou Lake.
Delorme: 50 D2
Roads of Colorado: 88 C3
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: USFS day use fee
Restrictions: Obey all rules and regulations
Lodging: USFS campsites nearby, or hotel in Woodland Park
Handicapped Access: Paved bike trail