Stagecoach Reservoir State Park
Just to the south of Catamount Lake, Stagecoach Reservoir and State Park provides another excellent waterbird locale. The lake itself is excellent for all variety of ducks, especially at the southwestern corner where the Yampa flows in, as well as shorebirds when the water is low enough. The northern end of the lake is somewhat deeper, and is a better spot to look for rarer diving ducks, loons, and grebes. Surrounding the lake are meadows with some willows (good for Lincoln’s Sparrow), and montane shrubland (good for Orange-crowned Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Western Scrub-Jay and more). Just across the road from the reservoir is a wildlife area with some small ponds and blinds, good for dabbling ducks. Mule deer are common in the area.
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Sagebrush, Scrub Oak Forest, Aspen Grove, Mountain Meadow
Directions: To Stagecoach Reservoir from Oak Creek, take CO 131 south 3 miles; turn left on CR 14 to the park. From Steamboat Springs, take US 40 south (east) to CO 131, then take that highway to CR 14 to the park.
Delorme: 26 B3
Roads of Colorado: 53 D1
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: State Park Pass
Parking: Parking areas
Handicapped Access: Handicap accessible facilities and camping; some car birding