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Wadley Reservoirs and nearby ponds - Adams County
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Description: Although each is posted with nasty No Trespassing signs, two of the Wadley Reservoirs are visible from public roads. The southeastern one, on the northwest corner of 144th and Colorado, is small, steep-shored and surrounded by cottonwoods. Pulling over is difficult along either busy street.

The southwestern Wadley Reservoir, a half mile west on the north side of 144th, is larger and more productive. Great-tailed Grackle may breed here, and diving ducks can be plentiful in migration. The best places to pull over are all on the south side of the road.

Another medium-sized lake, on the north side of 136th just north of Holly, may be good for diving ducks in season. Note that thanks to the construction of E-470, 136th is no longer a through road; the only access is from the east.

Habitat: Urban/Suburban; Lake/Pond/Reservoir; Marsh
Directions: From I-25 exit 225, go east on 136th Avenue one half mile to Washington Street. Turn left on Washington and proceed north one mile to 144th. Turn right on 144th. The southwestern Wadley Reservoir is on the north side of 144th in about 1.5 miles. The southeastern Wadley Reservoir is about a half mile farther east, on the northwest corner of 144th and Colorado. To get to the third small pond from here, continue east on 144th one mile past Colorado to a T intersection with Holly. Turn left (north) on Holly and go one mile to 152nd Avenue. Turn left (west) on 152nd. The reservoir is on the north in about a quarter mile.
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