Chipeta Lake

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Chipeta Lake

Right in the town of Montrose, this small lake is a nice little island of trees and water that attracts migrant and breeding birds. The small ponds may have ducks at any season; the reeds around the edge will produce Common Yellowthroat and Song Sparrow in summer; and the trees around the edge and along the river are great places to look for the pendulous nests of Bullock’s Orioles. With luck, you might find a Gray Catbird or a covey of Gambel’s Quail.

County: Montrose

Attractions: The Ute Mountain Ute museum, on Chipeta Road as you drive in, is worth a stop.

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Marsh, Pond/Lake/Reservoir

Directions: On the way south out of Montrose on US 550, turn right (west then north) on Chipeta Road. Drive past the museum for about a quarter mile. The lake and parking lot is on the right side. The riverfront trailhead is a little beyond the lake along the same road.

Delorme: 66 A2
Roads of Colorado: 98 C4

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Any
Ownership: City of Montrose
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Obey all rules and regulations

Parking: Gravel parking lot
Lodging: Hotels in Montrose, Cabins, RV and Tent Camping nearby.

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Parking area and angler path are accessible.

Elevation: 5900

Latitude: 38.440632
Longitude: -107.871242

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Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo

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