Red Lion State Wildlife Area
Adjacent to Jumbo Reservoir, Red Lion SWA is centered around a lake affectionately known as “Little Jumbo.” While not usually as productive as the larger Jumbo, the reservoir here is often filled with Snow and Ross’s Geese during winter, and a few Greater White-fronted Geese can often also be found. Nearly every duck species that occurs on the plains could be seen here, as well as Eared and Horned Grebes, and the occasional loon or flock of American White Pelicans. When the water is low (usually during the fall months), hundreds of shorebirds can occur, and nearly any species is possible. The open, sandy prairie surrounding the lake usually hosts Lark Bunting, Western Meadowlark, Western Kingbird, and Swainson’s Hawk, as well as the occasional Upland Sandpiper. During the winter, look for Rough-legged Hawk and Lapland Longspur. Hunting occurs on this property, so be sure to check for seasonal restrictions before heading out.
Directions: From I-76: take exit 155, Red Lion Road/CR 93 and go north a little over two miles to US 138 and head east. In one mile, go north onto CR 95. Red Lion SWA is .25 miles north of US 138 and continues all the way to Jumbo Reservoir SWA.
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: Please obey all CPW rules and regulations. Camping and fires prohibited.
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Primitive camping at Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area, nearest lodging is in Julesburg.
Handicapped Access: None
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