Rio Blanco Lake State Wildlife Area

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Rio Blanco Lake State Wildlife Area

Rio Blanco Lake just west of Meeker is the best lake in the area for waterbirds and shorebirds, and is definitely worth a visit during the spring and fall. The best area for shorebirds is along the north shore when water is low, especially in the northeastern corner, where there is also a small marshy area. Several species of finches, flycatchers, and warblers may be found in the cottonwoods and shrubs between the lake and the river, and Great Blue Herons nest in the cottonwoods east of the lake. While driving to or from the lake, keep an eye out for Bald Eagles and Sandhill Cranes, especially during the spring and fall.

County: Rio Blanco

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian

Directions: Rio Blanco Lake is 18.5 miles west of Meeker on CO 64.

Delorme: 23 D7
Roads of Colorado: 50 A2

Dates of Access: Open all year
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: Big game archery hunting only. Roselund unit is day use only.

Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Primitive camping

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Car birding

Latitude: 40.09123
Longitude: -108.20805

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Contact Info:

Area CPW Office: Meeker, (970) 878-6090


Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo

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