Totten Reservoir State Wildlife Area

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Totten Reservoir State Wildlife Area

Conveniently close to Cortez, this nice lake attracts good numbers of waterbirds. Since water is rare in the Four Corners region, concentrations of birds here can be very good, but a scope is required to see them well. Finding the vagrant gull or shorebird could require a long walk to the northeastern corner through pinyon-juniper habitat. This seems to be an especially good place to look for grebe species.

County: Montezuma

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Pinyon/Juniper Forest

Directions: From Cortez, head east on US 160 past the junction with CO 145 to CR 29 (sign for Totten Reservoir), and turn left (north). Totten is north of US 160 about a mile.

Delorme: 85 B4
Roads of Colorado: 129 D4

Dates of Access: Open year round
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: Camping, fires, glass containers prohibited. Be aware of hunters and areas closed for hunting.

Parking: Gravel parking areas
Lodging: Hotels in Cortez

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car

Latitude: 37.36276
Longitude: -108.52691

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Contact Info:

Area CPW Office: Durango, (970) 247-0855


Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo

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