Sands Lake SWA

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Sands Lake is one of the best birding lakes in Chaffee County. The willows around the lake can be good for migrants. The lake retains open water year-round, and so can be good for waterfowl, particularly during the colder months.

County: Chaffee
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir

Directions: Sands Lake SWA is just north of the town of Salida on Highway 291. From Highway 50 turn north on Oak St./291. Drive through downtown; Sands Lake will be on your right just beyond the ball fields. From Buena Vista and points north: South on 285 to Hwy 291. South on 291 approximately 7 miles. 291 will cross the Arkansas River twice; just past the second bridge you'll see a sign for the Mount Shavano State Fish Hatchery on the right. Sands Lake is just beyond on the left. Parking areas are off of Spiral Drive.

Delorme: 60 D2-D3
Roads of Colorado: 102 C3

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: Free

Restrictions: No camping
Parking: Yes
Lodging: Hotel in Salida

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Limited

Elevation: 7055
Latitude: 38.54401
Longitude: -106.00601

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

Amenities

RestroomsNo
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveNo
Camping
Picnic
Hunting
FishingYes