Curecanti National Recreation Area
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Curecanti National Recreation Area (website) (pets)
102 Elk Creek, Gunnison, CO 81230, Tel: 970-641-2337
Details: Curecanti National Recreation Area is formed by 3 reservoirs; Blue Mesa Reservoir, Morrow Point Reservoir, and East Portal. Bald Eagles feed on fish until the water is iced over. Gunnison Sage-Grouse, Gunnison's Prairie Dogs, mule deer also habitat the area. Recreational activities include camping, Morrow Point boat tours, boating, scenic drives, fishing, fly fishing, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, swimming, cross country skiing / snowshoeing, snowmobiling.
Birds: Loons, Grebes, Cormorant, Herons, Ibis, Swans, Geese, Ducks, Vultures, Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, Grouse, Cranes, Rails, Coot, Shorebirds, Gulls, Terns, Pigeons, Doves, Cuckoo, Owls, Goatsuckers, Swifts, Hummingbirds, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Kingbirds, Flycatchers, Swallows, Jays, Crows, Nutcrackers, Wrens, Song Birds, Thrashers, Thrushes, Vireos, Wood Warblers, Blackbirds, Orioles, Tanagers, Grosbeaks, Buntings, Finches, Sparrows.
Note: Bird listings may include resident and migratory birds and common and rare sightings.