Horse Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Also known as Timber Lake, this large reservoir’s water levels can vary between completely dry and very full. When there is water it can be excellent for waterbirds, and when the water is low, for shorebirds. The sparse trees around the lake can be worth a look. Pronghorn can abound on the surrounding plains.
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Tamarisk, Grassland/Prairie
Directions: From La Junta, head north and then east on CO 109 to the town of Cheraw. Continue east through Cheraw to CR 33 and turn left (north). This road curves around to the northeast and becomes CR 810 (Timber Lake Road), reaching the reservoir about ten miles from Cheraw.
Delorme: 99 D4
Roads of Colorado: 124 B2
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: Roads may be impassable when wet; respect private property
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Primitive camping, hotels in La Junta and Las Animas
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car
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