Lake Colorado City State Park

Colorado City, Texas

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This 500-acre park is located along the southwest shore of the 1,612-acre Lake Colorado City. The lake is a reservoir containing warm-water outlets from the Texas Utility Morgan Creek Power Plant. Fishing and other water sports are available year-round. Key birds: Scaled Quail, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Goldenfronted Woodpecker, Western Scrub-Jay, Chihuahuan Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Mississippi Kite, Swainson’s Hawk, Lesser and Common Nighthawks, Common Poorwill, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Scissortailed Flycatcher, Canyon Wren, Bell’s Vireo, and Painted Bunting occur in summer. Western Grebe, Osprey, Sandhill Crane, Western and Mountain Bluebirds, Townsend’s Solitaire, Sage Thrasher, Greentailed and Spotted Towhees, and Lark Bunting can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Lake Colorado City State Park Professional Review and Guide

"This 500-acre park is located along the southwest shore of the 1,612-acre Lake Colorado City. The lake is a reservoir containing warm-water outlets from the Texas Utility Morgan Creek Power Plant. Fishing and other water sports are available year-round.

Key birds: Scaled Quail, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Goldenfronted Woodpecker, Western Scrub-Jay, Chihuahuan Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Mississippi Kite, Swainson’s Hawk, Lesser and Common Nighthawks, Common Poorwill, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Scissortailed Flycatcher, Canyon Wren, Bell’s Vireo, and Painted Bunting occur in summer. Western Grebe, Osprey, Sandhill Crane, Western and Mountain Bluebirds, Townsend’s Solitaire, Sage Thrasher, Greentailed and Spotted Towhees, and Lark Bunting can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Colorado City
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to March for winter birds
Local Contacts: Lake Colorado City State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Colorado City State Park

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May 2018