Greensboro Municipal Reservoirs

Greensboro, North Carolina

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The City of Greensboro maintains three municipal reservoirs: Lake Townsend, Lake Brandt, and Lake Higgins. Together the reservoirs comprise a total area of over 2,600 acres. Lake Townsend, the largest of the three, has numerous car-accessible overlooks from which the lake and surrounding wooded shore may be observed. Lake Brandt, a large boomerang-shaped body of water, is the second largest. Not much of Lake Brandt is accessible by road, but a system of trails provides access for hikers. Lake Higgins, the smallest and westernmost of the three, is a 280-acre reservoir. It has a shallow marsh at the southwest end and a dam at the northeast end. Habitats: Large municipal reservoir crossed by several causeways and surrounded by mixed pine-hardwood forest. Key birds: Summer: White Ibis; Indigo Bunting. Winter: Horned Grebe; Hooded Merganser; Canvasback. Year-round: Bald Eagle; Brown-headed Nuthatch.
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by Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns (Falcon Guides)

The City of Greensboro maintains three municipal reservoirs: Lake Townsend, Lake Brandt, and Lake Higgins. Together the reservoirs comprise a total area of over 2,600 acres. Lake Townsend, the largest of the three, has numerous car-accessible overlooks from which the lake and surrounding wooded shore may be observed. Lake Brandt, a large boomerang-shaped body of water, is the second largest. Not much of Lake Brandt is accessible by road, but a system of trails provides access for hikers.

Lake Higgins, the smallest and westernmost of the three, is a 280-acre reservoir. It has a shallow marsh at the southwest end and a dam at the northeast end. Habitats: Large municipal reservoir crossed by several causeways and surrounded by mixed pine-hardwood forest. Key birds: Summer: White Ibis; Indigo Bunting. Winter: Horned Grebe; Hooded Merganser; Canvasback. Year-round: Bald Eagle; Brown-headed Nuthatch.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Greensboro
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best in fall and winter
Driving Directions: Directions to Greensboro Municipal Reservoirs

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