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State Wildlife Area

Watson Lake SWA


GMU: 19
Located 2 miles west of LaPorte and 6 miles northwest of Fort Collins. From Fort Collins, go north on HWY 287 from HWY 14. Stay on "Old 287" (do not take 287 bypass) to the town of LaPorte. From LaPorte, go 1 mile west on County Road 54G (the main road through town) to County Road 52E (Rist Canyon road), then 1 mile west (left) to the property entrance on the west side of the river.

min. 5,116 ft - max 5,602 ft

44 acres.


Coldwater stream;#Warm water;#

Nature trail;#Picnicking;#

Fishing Pier;#Restrooms;#

Public access is prohibited to the northwest side as posted to prevent access to the water outtake and fish disposal area. From one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise, use other than fishing is prohibited.
Dogs allowed on leash.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds visitors to check current hunting, fishing and land use regulations when planning to visit a State Wildlife Area. Refer to the Recreational Lands Brochure, as well as the Fishing and Hunting Regulation Brochures located on the Regulations Brochures Page. State Wildlife Area visitors can also find rules and regulations information in Chapter 9 Regulations.​

Contact Info
Area CPW Office: Fort Collins, (970) 472-4300.