Cache la Poudre River Trail at Watson Lake State Wildlife Area
Watson Lake, Colorado
This small State Wildlife Area sits at the base of a cliff that is a traditional nesting site for Golden Eagles, White-throated Swifts, and Canyon Wrens. The lake was formed during construction of Horsetooth Reservoir. It might have served as a borrow pit for various materials needed for Horsetooth’s four dams. The lake now attracts waterfowl in late fall and early spring, including Hooded Mergansers. Stop by the nearby Bellvue-Watson Fish Hatchery, as self-guided tours, fishing, birdwatching, and nature trails make this an excellent education and recreation destination.