Molas Lake is not only the largest lake in San Juan County, it also has the most tourist infrastructure. The lake itself often holds some ducks and other waterbirds during the warmer months, and the willows around the lake could harbor Fox and Lincoln’s Sparrows, Wilson’s and Orange-crowned Warblers, and Swainson’s Thrush. During the later summer look for up to three species of hummingbirds at the feeders. The lake itself and the campground are owned by the town of Silverton.
County: San Juan
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Streamside Willow, Spruce-Fir Forest
Directions: Molas Lake is about 5 miles south of Silverton on US 550 on the east side of the highway and well signed.
Delorme: 76 B4-C4
Roads of Colorado: 131 D2
Dates of Access: Summer months
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Lake and campground are private property; bird from the road unless staying in the campground. Those coming from low elevations should be aware of altitude sickness. This lake sits at over 10,000 ft.
Lodging: Fee camping
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car