Frederick, Colorado is a short jaunt up the interstate from Denver. One of the best little places for birding is at Milavec Lake Recreation Area which is operated by the town of Frederick in combination with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The Recreation are is 129 acres of park land with picnic shelters and a 1.25 mile packed trail around the lake and on any occasion you can see Red winged blackbirds, yellow breasted black birds, Blue Heron, Black Crowned Night Heron, snapping turtles, geese, pelicans, ducks, eagles and occasionally foxes and coyotes. Location of Milavec is at the intersection of Colorado Blvd, and Sable Parkway across from Safeway. Take I-25 north to Hwy 52, go east on Hwy 52 approx. 2 1/2 miles to Colorado Blvd. Turn north on Colorado approximate 2 1/2 -3 miles north. (NOTE: There is construction at the intersection of Colorado and Hwy 52 through November 2019).
Enjoy fishing in the lake by kayak, canoe or belly boats. The reservoir is stocked with Rainbow trout, annually and also has bass, northern pike, carp, catfish and sunfish and bluegill. In the winter, it is packed with thousands of quackers and last year, a Pink footed goose was also in the mix. Take a short ride north and check out the area.
Author: Todd Grivetti