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This small reservoir can be birded primarily from the south side along County Line Road. There is a wide concrete shoulder on the bridge at the intersection of County Line Road & Lucent Blvd and a dirt pulloff at the southwest end of the reservoir just before the Harley Davidson dealership. The western third of the reservoir, including the small cove that is partially hidden from the south, can be viewed from the north side of the reservoir. Access the north side by parking at Writers Vista Park. Follow the walking trail/fence line westward for views of the reservoir. The extreme east end of the reservoir can be viewed by walking the Highline Canal trail and scanning through the trees. It can host all types of waterfowl and occassionally has shorebirds at the east end when the water levels drop, primarily in the fall. Surprises like Red-throated Loon, Black Scoter and Pomarine Jaeger have been reported here. Almost the entirety of the lake is in Arapahoe County, except for a tiny sliver where County Line Road bends to the south. (Note: covered in Douglas County)
Parking to view this reservoir from the south is along a busy County Line Road, and only the two places noted above are cautiously advised. Take the Lucent Blvd exit off of C-470 and head north from the exit ramp. Take Lucent to a "T" with County Line Road, and turn left.
To get to Writers Vista Park, from C-470 take the Sante Fe (Hwy 85) exit. Proceed north on Sante Fe to the second stoplight which is W Mineral Ave. Turn right (east) and proceed approximately half a mile to the entrance of the park on the south side of the road.
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12/17/1977 - 12/25/1977