Elkhead Reservoir and State Park
The largest body of water in far northwestern Colorado isn’t always the most productive, but it still can be good for ducks (especially divers, as the water is fairly deep), loons, and grebes. When the water is low there can be extensive mudflats that are good for migrating shorebirds. The lake is surrounded by extensive sage flats that have Sage Thrasher and Brewer’s Sparrow, among others. Willow riparian just to the east of the lake can be a good place to look for Sharp-tailed Grouse during the fall and winter months.
Directions: The reservoir is reached by turning north off Highway 40 east of Craig and traveling about four miles north on Moffat County Road 29. CR 29 cuts across a corner of Routt County (Routt CR 86) before returning to Moffat County. Turn east on CR 28 and cross the dam to the east side of the reservoir. The reservoir can be scanned from several locations along this road. CR 29 crosses into Routt County (CR 76) about 2/3 of the way along the reservoir. The northeast portion of Elkhead Reservoir is located in Routt County.
Delorme: 15 D6
Roads of Colorado: 36 A3
Dates of Access: Closed during the winter months
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: State Parks Pass
Restrictions: Quiet hours from 10 pm to 6 am.
Parking: Parking areas
Handicapped Access: Some handicap accessible facilities; car birding