Sprague Lake Nature Trail Topo Map

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More than a century ago, homesteader Abner Sprague built a dam across a stream to form the pond we now call Sprague Lake. While trout fishing here, he undoubtedly enjoyed the views of the Continental Divide, as do countless visitors now on this fully accessible trail. For little ones, Sprague Lake’s first attraction is the resident ducklings paddling around their mothers. Father ducks are the ones with a showy green head atop a white collar, commonly seen during the spring nesting season. When the ducks dip their heads into the water, their long, specially adapted tongues strain food (insects, tiny bits of plants, seeds, and fish eggs) from the mud. Following the trail around the lake’s north shore, point out charred tree stumps in the adjacent forest, remnants of the fire of 1900. Today’s forest and undergrowth reveal the life-renewing quality that fires bring to the soil. The hearty ponderosa pine trees here survived thanks to their thick bark. Look for knots in a tree to show the bark’s thickness. Aspens are newcomers in a forest, the first trees to sprout from their already established roots after a fire has cleared an area.
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Estes Park, Colorado

Get Sprague Lake Nature Trail Topo maps on Trails.com. One of Colorado's best camping sites, Sprague Lake Nature Trail is located near Estes Park, CO. Trails' printable online topo maps offer shaded and un-shaded reliefs, and aerial photos too! Use topographic map functionality to find elevation, print high resolution maps, save a PNG, or just learn the topography around Sprague Lake Nature Trail . You can also get free latitude and longitude coordinates from the topographical map and set your GPS. Subscribers with access to our maps can download or print any topo, and cover more terrain when you map your Sprague Lake Nature Trail route ahead of time.

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Mar 2018