A remote medium sized reservoir, this location is excellent for waterbirds, shorebirds, and migrants. The large riparian area on the west side can be birded from the road, and should be checked for migrants and a few breeding species of birds. The lake, when low, is among the best shorebird spots in the area. In the winter, look for sparrows in the thickets, and ducks on the reservoir if it is not frozen. The prairie in this area supports Swift Fox and tarantulas among other interesting wildlife.
County: El Paso
Habitat: Reservoir, Grassland/Prairie, Lowland Riparian
Directions: From the north, take I-25 to the Woodmen exit (exit 149) east and follow it approximately 11.2 miles to Highway 24. Take Highway 24 East approximately 24.7 miles to the entrance of Ramah SWA. If you make it to the community of Ramah you have gone too far. From the south take I-25 to the Academy exit (exit 135) then head north to Platte Avenue/Highway 24 and head east for approximately 34.8 miles to the entrance of Ramah SWA.
Delorme: 96 D1
Roads of Colorado: 90 C3
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Restrictions: No fires; observe NO TRESPASSING signs in SW corner of reservoir
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Hotel in Calhan, Simla, Colorado Springs or Limon
Other Wildlife: Swift Fox, Tarantulas, rattlesnakes
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car