Atwood State Wildlife Area
This seldom-visited SWA provides good access to stretches of the South Platte River and associated riparian corridor. The best entry point is from the northern parking lot, especially east along the river. Look for sparrow flocks in winter, northeast specialties in summer, and migrants at other seasons. Scanning the river from the bridges may be worth your while; look for dabblers, Belted Kingfisher, and possible shorebirds when the water is low enough to expose sandbars. Hunting occurs on this property, so be sure to check for seasonal restrictions before heading out.
Directions: From I-76: take CO 63/exit 115 and go north for a little over 3 miles. At US 6, head southeast for just under 3 miles to CR 29.5, on the left. The SWA is along this road about 1/2 mile from US 6.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: 4 am to 9 pm
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: A valid hunting or fishing license, or State Wildlife Area pass is required for everyone 16 or older accessing any state wildlife area or state trust lands.
Restrictions: Please obey all CPW rules and regulations. Camping, fires, horseback riding, dog training prohibited.
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Hotels in Sterling, camping at North Sterling State Park
Handicapped Access: None