Runyon Lake State Wildlife Area
Aliases: Fountain Lakes
Runyon Lake State Wildlife Area (or Fountain Lakes), right next to the Arkansas River near the center of Pueblo, can be an excellent place to find birds. This is particularly true in winter, when warm water keeps the place attractive to waterfowl and gulls. Look for Hooded Merganser, cormorants, and Black-crowned Night-Heron in winter. In summer, look for the breeding Mississippi Kites. In spring and fall, look for migrant landbirds in the deciduous trees. Mammals in the area can include red fox, rabbits and squirrels.
Habitat: Lake, Lowland Riparian
Directions: From Exit 98B on I-25, drive 0.2 mi. east on Santa Fe Ave. to Locust St. Turn left on Locust and drive 0.5 mi. to the parking lot for the SWA.
Delorme: 73 B6-C6
Roads of Colorado: 121 F2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Dawn to dusk
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: No camping; no fires. Obey all CPW rules and regulations.
Lodging: Hotel in Pueblo
Handicapped Access: Viewing from paved trail; handicapped fishing pier