This very large lake is scenic, but often has few waterbirds, and a scope is usually necessary to see the ones that are there. However, grebes and loons are regular in late fall, along with a few ducks. The spruce-fir forest around the lake can be good in summer for high-elevation birds. The reintroduced lynx are sometimes found in the area, but you will have to be phenomenally lucky to see one.
Directions: From the center of Leadville, head west on 6th Ave. Turn right on McWethy Drive and bear left to continue onto Lake CR 4 to a three way intersection. Take the right fork, which is the continuation of CR 4. Turquoise Lake is along the north side of this road in about a mile, and can be scanned from multiple points along CR 4. Take CR 9C to access the parking lot, boat ramp and campgrounds.
Delorme: 47 B6-B7
Roads of Colorado: 86 A1
Dates of Access: Open all year (facilities closed in winter)
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: USFS camping fee
Restrictions: Access can be limited in winter
Lodging: Campgrounds, hotels in Leadville
Handicapped Access: Reservoir can be partly viewed from car
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