Waneka Lake/Greenlee Wildlife Preserve

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Waneka Lake/Greenlee Wildlife Preserve

photo of Waneka Lake in winter

Aliases: Greenlee Natural Area

This lake in the middle of a neighborhood in Lafayette is a great place to look for birds in all seasons, along with the adjacent Greenlee Wildlife Preserve. In summer, Pied-billed and Western Grebes can be found on the lake, and Swainson’s Hawk is easily seen. In migration, migrant warblers and thrushes skulk in the undergrowth. Concentrations of Barn Swallows in late fall can be very impressive. In winter, ducks, geese, and gulls can congregate here, and the flocks can include rarities, such as Barrow’s Goldeneye and others.

County: Boulder

Directions: From Denver: head west toward Boulder on US Hwy 36. Exit at CO 121/US Hwy 287 in Broomfield, and go north on US Hwy 287 for 6 miles to South Boulder Rd. Head west on South Boulder Rd to Centaur Village Dr. Go north on Centaur Village Dr, go west (left) on Caria Dr, and continue for about 0.25 miles to the Waneka Lake Park entrance.

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: 6am - 10pm
Ownership: Municipal
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Please obey all rules and regulations

Parking: Paved parking areas
Lodging: Hotels in Boulder, Broomfield, or Lafayette

Handicapped: Yes
Handicapped Access: ADA accessible viewing from paved trail around the lake

Latitude: 39.992518
Longitude: -105.113460

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Contact Info:

City of Lafayette: https://www.lafayetteco.gov/FormCenter/Contact-Us-4/Contact-Us-34

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Greenlee Preserve summer
Waneka Lake summer


Drinking FountainYes
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsYes
Platform/BlindYes - Greenlee
BoardwalkYes - Greenlee
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo

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