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Twin Lakes (Lake County) - Lake County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: These are the other two large lakes in the county. They are also usually far better than Turquoise Lake. The better of the two is usually the larger eastern lake. In the fall large flocks of ducks, grebes, geese and even some loons can be found, and in the spring shorebirds can be present if the water level is sufficiently low. Osprey has been seen here in the summer and may breed. Note that there is a fee for most lake access, including the best scanning spots.

Landbird habitats around the lakes are quite productive. The White Star Campground in the northwest part of the lake area has some of the only mature Ponderosa Pine forest in the county, and should be searched for Pygmy Nuthatch, Western Tanager and the like. The west end of the western lake supports a large willow carr. The sage on the reservoir's north side has Sage Thrasher in season. Across Hwy 82 to the north, FR 125, a four-wheel-drive road leading up to the Colorado Trail and Mt. Elbert, runs through lots of very nice aspen including some mature stands.

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Ponderosa Forest, Aspen Grove, Streamside Willow, Sagebrush
Directions: Follow US 24 south from Leadville about fifteen miles to its junction with CO 82. Turn right (west) onto 82, following signs for Aspen. The lakes are on the south side of the road about a mile west of US 24.
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SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Red Phalarope2007-074 10/20/2007