Turquoise Lake

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This very large lake is scenic, but often has few waterbirds, and a scope is usually necessary to see the ones that are there. However, grebes and loons are regular in late fall, along with a few ducks. The spruce-fir forest around the lake can be good in summer for high-elevation birds. The reintroduced lynx are sometimes found in the area, but you will have to be phenomenally lucky to see one.

County: Lake
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir

Directions: From the center of Leadville, head west on 6th Ave. Stay straight on 6th, as it becomes Lake CR 4, for 3.5 miles to a three way intersection. Take the right fork, which is the continuation of CR 4. Turquoise Lake is along the north side of this road in about a mile, and can be scanned from multiple points along CR 4.

Delorme: 47 B6-B7
Roads of Colorado: 86 A1

Dates of Access: Open all year (facilities closed in winter)
Hours:
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: USFS camping fee

Restrictions: Access can be limited in winter
Parking: Yes
Lodging: Campgrounds

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Reservoir can be partly viewed from car

Elevation: 9869
Latitude: 39.25319
Longitude: -106.37266

Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainYes
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveNo
CampingYes
PicnicYes
Hunting
FishingYes