Turk’s Pond State Wildlife Area
Check this small pond for ducks during the fall and spring, and shorebirds if the water is low. The few small trees around the lake could contain migrants in season, and sparrows during the winter. The small pond across from the entrance road often has as many ducks as Turk’s Pond does.
North Gateway Park
Paddle, fish, or boat at North Gateway Park, where two conveniently located ponds make spending a great day on the water easy.
Lake Meredith Reservoir
Property: 3,700 acres surface area Motorboats: permitted
Property: 1,3500 acres with 1,120 acres of surface area. Motorboats: Permitted
Property: 4,426 acres of public access that includes the entire Queens, Nee Gronda, and Nee Noshe area with 3,400 acres surface area. Motorboats: Permitted. A small, primitive, free public boat ramp is available on the east side of the lake.
Adobe Creek, aka Blue Lake
Property: 5,147 acres of public access land with 5,000 acres of surface area Motorboats: permitted. A public boat ramp is available.
Two Buttes State Wildlife Area
This reservoir and state wildlife area just east of Highway 385 and south of the Prowers county line is among the crown jewels of Southeast Colorado birding spots.
Thurston Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Thurston Reservoir is a great place to see good rails, bitterns, and ducks swimming in the open channels.
John Martin Reservoir State Park
John Martin Reservoir, the largest body of water in southeastern Colorado, sits like a sapphire on the plains. This state park is not only a Santa Fe National Historic Trail Site but many also consider it to be a birdwatcher's paradise with almost 400 species documented.