Puett Reservoir State Wildlife Area
This is a medium-sized reservoir ringed by forest, both pinyon-juniper and cottonwood. Numbers of waterfowl here can be variable, but sometimes in the spring and fall you could hit the jackpot with large numbers and variety of ducks. Look in the surrounding pinyon-juniper forest for residents typical of that habitat, and in the cottonwoods for migrants, in season.
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Sagebrush
Directions: From the town of Mancos, located along US 160 about 15 miles east of Cortez, head north on CO 184 approximately eleven miles to CR 33. Head south on CR 33 for one mile, then turn left (east) onto the SWA access road, which sometimes requires 4WD. The reservoir is about a mile and a half down the access road.
Delorme: 85 A5
Roads of Colorado: 129 E4
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
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: Camping and fires prohibited.
Parking: Gravel parking areas
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car
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Area CPW Office: Durango, (970) 247-0855.