Holbrook Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Aliases: Lake Holbrook
This small lake is just about the best for its size in Colorado. Depending on water level, it can be awesome for shorebirds, terns, or waterbirds, and the grove is a first rate migrant trap. The lake can be scanned from the south side via the large parking lot, or along the west side via the rough dirt road. Look in the trees along the south side for migrants during spring and fall, and the southern shore for Black-necked Stilt and other shorebirds. Note that the trees to the south of CR FF are on private property and must be birded from the road.
Attractions: Near Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway
Directions: From Rocky Ford, take CO 266 north and east out of town five miles. Just before a left turn in the highway, turn right (south) onto CR 25. The lake will be visible to the east of this road. To access the grove, continue south to CR FF and turn left (east). Park in the second lot, a half mile east along this road.
Delorme: 98 D3
Roads of Colorado: 124 A3
Dates of Access: Open all year
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: OHV use prohibited. No fires. Obey CPW rules and regulations. Be aware of hunters in season; only trained hunting dogs may be off-leash.
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Primitive camping; hotel in La Junta or Rocky Ford
Handicapped Access: Handicapped fishing/viewing pier; some viewing from car
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719-336-6600 for Colorado Parks & Wildlife information
|Platform/Blind||Dock at south end of lake|