Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area
This State Wildlife Area is centered around the largest lake in Chaffee County, which has breeding birds including Common Merganser, Osprey and sometimes California Gull. There is a large area of willows just upstream from the lake that can provide good birding also. Watch for Bald Eagles in late fall, as well as rabbits, coyotes, red fox, and elk along the highway. There is bighorn sheep viewing in the canyon near Granite.
Attractions: Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Sagebrush, Streamside Willow
Directions: From Buena Vista, go 13 miles north on US 24, then half a mile west on CR 390.
Delorme: 47 D7, 48 D1
Roads of Colorado: 86 B3
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
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: Camping only in designated areas; no fires. Obey all CPW rules and regulations; be aware of hunters in season
Lodging: Camping at Clear Creek Reservoir Campground, hotel in Buena Vista or Leadville; cabins and camping also near Twin Lakes
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car
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Area CPW Office: Salida, (719) 530-5520