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Rockwell and Thomas Reservoirs and Highland Lake
Thomas Reservoir, Highland Lake
Good for ducks, Rockwell also has roadside marshes. It can be scanned well from the southeast. Thomas Reservoir (not to be confused with the nearby Lake Thomas) is a small private lake ringed by nice marshes, which in turn are ringed by mature cottonwoods. Several farm ponds to the west maintain similar habitats, but Thomas is more easily birded from the road. To the south, Highland Lake is operated as a private park. Full access requires the purchase of a day pass, but the day pass is not necessary to scan the lake from the county road, or to bird the nice mature trees along the road.
Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Marsh, Park/Cemetery
To get to Highland Lake, take exit 245 off of I-25 and go west on CR 34, through the town of Mead, for two miles to CR 5. Take a right (north) onto CR 5 and go 1 mile north to the lake. Take a right at the "T" with CR 34.7 to go around the east side of the lake. Thomas Reservoir is 1 mile north of Highland Lake along CR 5, just across CR 38. Rockwell Reservoir can be reached by going west at the intersection of CRs 5 and 38 (just south of Thomas Reservoir) for 1 mile, to CR 3, and going right (north) for 1 mile to the reservoir, on the left.
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Rocky Mountain National Park (Larimer section)
Alpine Tundra, Krummholz, Spruce-Fir Forest, Stream, Streamside Willow, Lodgepole Forest, Mountain Meadow, Aspen Grove, Mixed Conifer Forest, Ponderosa Forest, Pond/Lake/Reservoir