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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Stearns Lake - Boulder County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This lake is good during the colder months for diving ducks and during migration for almost any waterbird. If the water is low, this can be one of the county's premier shorebird sites. Swallow numbers in migration are often impressive. The marshes on the west side can be good for blackbirds and sparrows. Though most birders stop at the lake itself, the trail continues over a stream to a few trees, some fields and some ponds, all part of the Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm, which can be worth checking especially in migration.

County listers beware (or rejoice!): Broomfield's counterintuitive boundaries encompass everything to the west of the road here, including the small pond just northwest of the Stearns Lake parking lot.

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Marsh, Stream, Grassland/Prairie, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt
Directions: The Stearns Lake parking lot is on the east side of 104th Street one mile south of Dillon Road, northwest of Broomfield. From US 36 westbound from Denver, take CO 121 north through Broomfield, then turn left in three miles onto Dillon Road. From US 36 eastbound from Boulder, take McCaslin Boulevard north from the Superior exit and turn right onto Dillon Road at the first stoplight, less than a quarter mile from the exit.
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