Not to be confused with Walden Pond, the Massachusetts body of water made famous by Henry David Thoreau, Walden Reservoir is a picturesque lake full of wildlife outside of Walden, Colorado. The Walden Reservoir is an easily accessible destination in a seldom seen portion of northern Colorado for birders, hunters, and those looking for a free, isolated place to rest.
The Walden Reservoir is owned and operated by the Bureau of Land Management.
Activities at Walden Reservoir
Birding: More than anything, Walden Reservoir is cherished as an amazing bird viewing area just outside of the isolated town of Walden. At the reservoir, there is a large variety of birds including dabblers, divers, shorebirds, gulls, terns, and waders. Notably, species like golden eagles, prairie falcons, pelicans, gulls, and raptors are known to frequent the area.
The North Park Trail of the Colorado Birding Trail passes through Walden Reservoir.
Boating: Boating is not permitted on Walden Reservoir.
Camping: Free, dispersed camping is allowed on the BLM land surrounding Walden Reservoir. There are no facilities except large flat spots for RV or tent camping. Campers can stay for up to 14 days at no cost, but many cite a large amount of bugs as a downside to the sites.
Fishing: Fishing is not very popular at the Walden Reservoir due to the lack of an outlet. With that said, it is still possible, and many of the areas surrounding streams and lakes are popular for trout fishing.
Hunting: The Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge south of Walden Reservoir provides licensed hunting opportunities for small game, migratory birds, and large game such as pronghorn, deer, moose, and elk. When in season, the area is very popular for duck and grouse.
Swimming: Swimming is permitted in the Walden Reservoir, but not very popular. The water is very cold and also contains leeches.
Wildlife Viewing: Walden is known as the “moose viewing capital of Colorado,” and Walden Reservoir is as good a place as any to spot one. In addition to moose, visitors may see fox, bears, elk, and other Rocky Mountain wildlife.
Address: County Road 15, Walden, CO
Season: Camping open seasonally (closed in winter)