Twin Lakes (Lake County)
The Twin Lakes are probably the best birding spot in Lake County. Large numbers of waterbirds sometimes congregate in fall. Ospreys can be seen in summer. The White Star Campground has Ponderosa Pine forest that might attract Western Tanager and Pygmy Nuthatch. The sagebrush on the north side of the lake has Sage Thrasher in summer, and the willows on the lake’s west end support Lincoln’s Sparrow, MacGillivray’s Warbler and breeding thrushes.
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Ponderosa Forest, Aspen Grove, Streamside Willow, Sagebrush
Directions: Follow US 24 south from Leadville about fifteen miles to its junction with CO 82. Turn right (west) onto 82, following signs for Aspen. The lakes are on the south side of the road about a mile west of US 24.
Delorme: 47 D6-D7
Roads of Colorado: 86 A3
Dates of Access: Open all year (facilities closed in winter)
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: USFS day use and camping fees
Restrictions: Obey all rules and regulations
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car