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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Chipeta Lakes State Wildlife Area - Montrose County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This wildlife area lies along the Uncompahgre River. Small lakes, wetlands, and large cottonwood trees make this area attractive to birds. It can be good in all seasons. Access to the Uncompahgre Riverfront Trail is located just to the north of the wildlife area. The Ute Indian Museum is also located within the area. Many common birds are found in season. Gambel's Quail, Band-tailed Pigeon, Marsh Wren, Gray Catbird, and Bullock's Oriole can be found along the trails. Rarities have been found such as Chimney Swift and Northern Waterthrush in spring.

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Marsh, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
Directions: From Montrose drive south on US 550 a short distance. Turn right (west then north) on Chipeta Road. Drive past the museum for about a quarter mile. The lake and parking lot is on the right side. The riverfront trailhead is a little beyond the lake along the same road.
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SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Neotropic Cormorant2016-021 03/17/2016