Nee Noshee Reservoir (Queens State Wildlife Area)

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Nee Noshee Reservoir (Queens State Wildlife Area)

Aliases: Locust Grove

Nee Noshee Reservoir is the largest of these reservoirs. When the water level is low this can be a great location for shorebirds, and waterbird numbers are often quite good as well. The weedy brush along the south shore is quite good for sparrows, and sometimes Long-eared Owls. The grove on the western side of the lake, known as the ‘Locust Grove,’ is smaller than it once was but may still yield migrants.

To reach Locust Grove, turn left just before the bathroom structure and parking lot and follow the gravel road to the west around as it swings around the southwest corner of the lake. Park where the northbound road is approached most closely by a grove of locusts and brush pushing west from the cottonwoods along the lakeshore. This is the Locust Grove.

To scan the water of Nee Noshee, drive to the southern parking lot, and then drive north ‘into’ the reservoir, until you reach the water. In recent years this requires a drive of a mile or more.

County: Kiowa

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Tamarisk, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Grassland/Prairie

Directions: These reservoirs are south of Eads on both sides of US 287. To get to the Locust Grove at Nee Noshee, turn east off of US 287 on CR E and go west 1.5 miles to CR 46. Turn left (north) and follow the gravel road to the bathroom structure and parking lot.

Delorme: 99 C6-C7
Roads of Colorado: 125 F1, 126 A1

Dates of Access: NO ACCESS, Nov 1 to the end of waterfowl season
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: Obey all CPW rules and regulations; be aware of waterfowl hunters in season.

Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotels in Lamar or Eads

Other Wildlife: Rattlesnakes, Swift Fox

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car

Latitude: 38.3250
Longitude: -102.6925

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