Mount Ouray State Wildlife Area

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Mount Ouray State Wildlife Area

A former fish hatchery, this state wildlife area includes several small ponds, a nice wetland area, and access to a stretch of the Arkansas River. It is a good place to look for sparrows, rails, wrens, and occasionally raptors including Bald Eagle.

County: Chaffee

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Marsh, Stream

Directions: From Highway 291 north of Salida, turn right (west) at the Mt. Shavano Hatchery sign (County Road 154) and drive past the hatchery and Frantz Lake. Turn right (west) on County Road 160 and go approximately 1.5 miles. Mt. Ouray SWA is on your right. There are two parking areas, the first is just past the second right curve and the second parking area is just past a wooden barn.

Delorme: 60 D2
Roads of Colorado: 102 C3

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: A valid hunting or fishing license, or State Wildlife Area Pass is required for everyone 16 or older to access any State Wildlife Area or State Trust Land leased by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Restrictions: Obey posted restrictions on access; be aware of hunters in season

Parking: Yes
Lodging: Hotel in Salida

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Limited

Latitude: 38.55330
Longitude: -106.03532

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Contact Info:

Area CPW Office: Salida, (719) 530-5520


Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo

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