The birding on this large reservoir is best in late fall and early winter, when small numbers of ducks and gulls may be seen on the water, including mergansers, both species of goldeneye and occasionally Common Loon or even a scoter. Bald Eagles and Ospreys sometimes soar over the water.
Directions: From Interstate 70, take Exit 203 or CO-9 toward Frisco and Breckenridge. Travel about 5 miles to the traffic light at Farmer's Corner. The Summit High School and a gas station are on the right. Turn left onto Swan Mountain Road and take another, almost immediate left, onto the Summit Water Treatment facility road. This road will take you to the edge of the reservoir, and even into the reservoir if you're not careful.
Delorme: 38 C2
Roads of Colorado: 70 C2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Denver Water/US Forest Service/Private
Restrictions: Please respect private property
Parking: Paved parking lots
Lodging: Hotels in Frisco or Dillon; USFS campgrounds around reservoir
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car