North Sterling State Park
Aliases: North Sterling Reservoir, Peetz Tableland
North Sterling State Park is a large reservoir in northeastern Colorado, which includes a variety of habitat types, such as shoreline, wetlands, woodlands, cliffs, and prairie. This park provides great opportunities to view many of the birds particular to northeastern Colorado. The reservoir can attract various ducks, ibis, loons, and grebes. Forested areas can host breeding Bullock’s, Baltimore, and hybrid orioles, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Kingbird, and Bell’s Vireos. During migrations, you never know what could turn up! In the prairie habitats of the park, keep an eye out for Lark Bunting, Western Meadowlark, Brewer’s Sparrow, Ferruginous Hawk, and flocks of longpurs in winter. Unexpected species could include Eared Grebe, White-faced Ibis, Sandhill Crane, and Long-eared Owl. A State Parks pass is required for entry and hunting occurs on this property, so be sure to check for seasonal restrictions before visiting.
Attractions: Archery range.
Directions: From I-76: take the Chestnut St. (Highway 6) exit and go west. Chestnut St. curves to the left and turns into Platte St. Continue on Platte St. to North 7th Ave. (CR 39) and head north for about 8 miles to CR 40. Go west on CR 40 for 2 miles to CR 33, then head north for 3 miles to the park entrance, located on the left.
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Admission: State Parks Pass. Additional fee for camping .
Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations. Dogs must be under control and on a leash at all times.
Lodging: Camping in the park, hotels in Sterling
Handicapped Access: Some handicap accessible facilities and trails, and viewing of the lake