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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Lake Lenore area - Ouray County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: Lake Lenore, which is surrounded by conifer forest, can host reasonably large numbers of ducks in season, with the best of the lot so far being Surf Scoter. The marsh along US 550 at the turnoff for Lake Lenore has hosted Sora and Common Yellowthroat.

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Mixed Conifer Forest, Lowland Riparian, Marsh
Directions: From Ridgway, drive south on US 550 to the only real option to the east, 14A Road. West across US 550 is a water-treatment plant with a marsh that is worth at least a quick check. To reach Lake Lenore, go north then east on 14A Road. Pull over when reaching the lake and check the water (beware of decoys present). The forests here can provide some typical birds, such as Steller's Jay, Townsend's Solitaire, and Western Tanager, and some more-sought-after species such as Olive-sided Flycatcher. Continuing on to FR 871 or FR872 provides access to the Uncompahgre National Forest and the Big Blue Wilderness Area.
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