Neeskah Reservoir (Queens State Wildlife Area)
Aliases: Neeskah Reservoir, Upper Queens Reservoir, Lower Queens Reservoir,
Neeskah Reservoir, also known as Upper Queens Reservoir, is probably the reservoir in the area that gets the most shorebirds. When the water level is low enough to create mudflats, be sure to check the western edge of the lake via the multitude of access points. Neeskah can also be good for ducks, gulls, and an astounding number of Black Terns, in season. The riparian grove on the southern end of the reservoir can be well worth a stop for migrants and nesting Barn Owls.
Lower Queens Reservoir (access closed from Dec 1-end of waterfowl season), just to the south, is usually better for waterbirds than shorebirds. The trees around the small parking lot can have migrants, and Cattle Egrets sometimes inhabit the nearby fields, along with coyotes, badgers, rattlesnakes and tarantulas.
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Tamarisk, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Grassland/Prairie
Directions: To get to Neeskah (Upper Queens) Reservoir, return to CR E and continue east, turning south on CR 46.5 and east again on CR C just before the lake. Check the grove to the north of this access point. You can also follow the road south from here around towards the south end of the lake, which also has a grove worth checking. Following this road east to a T intersection and then turning south will put you in position to scan Lower Queens Reservoir.
Delorme: 99 C6-C7
Roads of Colorado: 125 F1, 126 A1
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: 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 hunters in season
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Hotel in Eads or Lamar
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car
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