The Nee Gronda Reservoir, also sometimes written as Neegronda Reservoir, is the second largest of the Great Plains Reservoirs (after the Nee Noshe Reservoir – its neighbor to the east). It is located in the eastern plains of Colorado south of Eads. It covers approximately 3,490 acres of recreationally-available water.
The Nee Gronda Reservoir is part of the Queens State Wildlife Area, which includes the Nee Noshe Reservoir as well.
Nee Gronda Reservoir History
The Nee Gronda Reservoir, as well as other surrounding canals and reservoirs were completed in 1990 to provide irradiation for the area from the Arkansas River. “Nee Gronda” translates from the Cheyenne language to “big water” in English.
Activities at Nee Gronda Reservoir
Birding: The Nee Gronda Reservoir is a great place to spot shorebirds, waterbirds, and migratory birds alike such as snow geese. Bald eagles, golden eagles, sparrows, and owls have also been known to inhabit the area.
Boating: There are two paved boating access points to the Nee Gronda Reservoir very close to one another. The less-steep one was built to accommodate heavier boats. All motorized and non motorized watercraft are permitted on the Nee Gronda Reservoir.
Camping: Primitive camping is available at the Nee Gronda Reservoir and throughout the surrounding Queens State Wildlife Area. There is also a private campground with bathrooms and showers nearby.
Fishing: Anglers will find well-stocked waters in the Nee Gronda Reservoir. The warm water lake is filled with bass, walleye, wiper, saugeye, catfish, and crappie.
Hunting: Licensed hunting is permitted near Nee Gronda Reservoir, with opportunities for deer, dove, pheasant, rabbit, quail, squirrel, and waterfowl.
Swimming: Visitors may also swim in the Nee Gronda Reservoir.
Address: US-287, south of Eads, CO, 81036
Season: May to October (Lake Access Closed in Winter)
Maps: Queens State Wildlife Area Map (PDF)