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Crystal Lakes - Lake County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: Two small ponds can be found along Hwy 24 about 4.5 miles south of Leadville. The tiny one on the east side of the Highway is difficult and dangerous to scan due to the lack of pullouts, but the larger one on the west has a parking lot. It is popular with fishermen but can also attract diving ducks and maybe even shorebirds. Many nest boxes around the parking lot host Mountain Bluebird and Tree Swallow families. The sagelands to the southwest are part of the Crystal Lakes State Trust Land and are open year-round for wildlife recreation. Look here for Horned Lark, Sage Thrasher and even Brewer's Sparrow.

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Sagebrush
Directions: From Leadville, head south on US 24 about 4.5 miles until you pass between two ponds, a tiny one on the left and a medium-sized one on the right. Just past the ponds, turn right at the sign for Crystal Lakes and follow the road around the buildings to the parking lot.
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