Smith Reservoir State Wildlife Area

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Smith Reservoir State Wildlife Area

In a valley that is excellent and well known for waterbirds, Smith Reservoir still manages to stand out. Nearly every species of waterfowl that occurs in the state has been seen here. When the water level is low enough, the shorebirds can be out of this world. Terns and gulls of varying species can also be seen – keep an eye out especially for Black Tern, which breeds in the valley and can occur in decent numbers here. Ferruginous Hawks are seen with surprising regularity along the road between the lake and Blanca. Rabbits, coyotes, deer and pronghorn make their homes in the area around the reservoir.

County: Costilla

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt

Directions: From US 160 on the west end of Blanca, head south on CR 12 (Airport Road) approximately three miles to the SWA on the left.

Delorme: 91 A6
Roads of Colorado: 151 F1

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: The north and east shores are closed Feb 15 - July 15 to protect nesting waterfowl. Vehicles prohibited within 50 feet of water.

Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: Primitive camping

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Viewing from car

Latitude: 37.38804
Longitude: -105.54133

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