Chipeta Lake State Wildlife Area
Right in the town of Montrose, this small State Wildlife Area 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.
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
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Restrictions: Obey all rules and regulations
Parking: Gravel parking lot
Lodging: Hotels in Montrose
Handicapped Access: Parking area and angler path are accessible.