Walden Reservoir

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This lake typically stands head and shoulders above the other lakes in the county with regards to bird numbers and variety. Walden usually has a little of everything: dabblers, divers, shorebirds, gulls, terns, and waders. Birds such as American White Pelican, Black Tern, and Franklin’s and California Gulls breed on islands in the middle of the lake, one of the few locations in Colorado where these species breed. The marshy fringes of the lake are good for Yellow-headed Blackbird and grebes, while mudflats on the southern and western edges of the lake are excellent for shorebirds when water is low. Raptors are often around to take advantage of the avian feast; look for Golden Eagle and Prairie Falcons especially.

County: Jackson
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Sagebrush

Directions: From the intersection of CR 12W and CO 125 just south of Walden, go west on CR 12W and take the first right onto CR 15. The lake can be scanned from various points along CR 15. There are also some small ponds along CR 12W both east and west of the intersection with CR 15.

Delorme: 17 C7
Roads of Colorado: 38 A1-B1

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Any
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None
Parking: Roadside
Lodging: None

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Car birding

Elevation: 8050
Latitude: 40.73681963
Longitude: -106.3062859

Amenities

RestroomsNo
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveYes
Camping
Picnic
HuntingNo
FishingNo