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Lake John State Wildlife Area and Alkali Lake - Jackson County
Aliases: Alkali Lake
Ownership: None Listed
Description: Lake John is the best lake in the county for diving ducks, with good numbers and variety during migration. Keep an eye out for raptors, as we have had both Golden Eagle and Ferruginous Hawk here. Alkali Lake, across the road from Lake John, is difficult to access and occasionally goes dry, but it can be good for waterbirds, and Mountain Plover has bred nearby.

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Sagebrush
Directions: From Walden, take CO 125 to the south end of town and follow it as it bends west. Where 125 bends south again in about a mile, go straight (west) onto CR 12W. Follow CR 12W for 10 miles to the intersection with CR 7. Bear right (north) onto CR 7 and go north for a little more than 5 miles to the entrance to the SWA on the left (CR 7A). The lake itself is best viewed from various spots along CR 7A about 2 miles from the intersection with CR 7. From Cowdrey, take CR 6W (main street) west for 8 miles to the intersection with CR 7, and go left (south) for 5 miles to the intersection with CR 7A and the entrance to the SWA. Alkali Lake is east of CR 7, 5 miles south of the intersection with CR 7A. There is a small dirt two-track along a fence line down to the lake.
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SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Red-necked Grebe2014-122 05/30/2014
American Golden-Plover2003-104 11/2/2003