Aliases: Smith Reservoir, Mahood Reservoir, James Lake
Drake Lake from Public road.
A small lake with great marsh edges and a few trees, this area can be very attractive to ducks, geese, and especially gulls between fall and spring, as long as it is not frozen. The gulls gather here when they are not feeding in the nearby Weld County Landfill. In April and May, shorebirds can visit in good numbers.
Directions: From I-25: exit 269-A, CO 14/Mulberry St. and go east for 8 miles. At CR 23, head south and in 0.5 miles, the lake is on the west. Please be respectful of private property.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Restrictions: Please respect private property. Beware of traffic when parking on the roadside
Lodging: Hotels in Greeley or Fort Collins
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car