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Stagecoach Reservoir State Park - Routt County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: The reservoir is good in spring and fall waterfowl migration; look for American White Pelican, Prairie Falcon, Golden Eagle, Common Raven, Mountain Bluebird, and various swallows. The area is open year-round but vehicle access is limited in winter. All areas in the park require a State Park Pass or daily fee, even the wonderful wildlife area with the blinds across the road from the reservoir, which view a couple of small ponds where there are commonly waterfowl loafing by day during migration. The southwest corner of the reservoir, where the Yampa River flows into it, is often the best place to find ducks, shorebirds, ibis and the like, and Virginia Rail (rare) has been found here in a patch of cattails. On the north boundary of the park is Blacktail Mountain, a DOW wildlife reserve where they restrict access during winter to protect elk wintering grounds. The road along the north side of the Stagecoach Reservoir is the boundary of Blacktail Mountain. The habitat is oak brush/sage in the lower sections, aspen and high mountain meadows at the higher elevations. There is a hiking/biking trail along the south edge of the lake.

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Sagebrush, Scrub Oak Forest, Aspen Grove, Mountain Meadow
Directions: To Stagecoach Reservoir from Oak Creek, take CO 131 south 3 miles; turn left on CR 14 to the park. From Steamboat Springs, take US 40 south (east) to CO 131, then take that highway to CR 14 to the park.
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SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Pomarine Jaeger1999-0466/17/1999