- WILDLIFE VIEWING
Fruitgrowers Reservoir, CO
Bureau of Reclamation
Fruitgrowers Reservoir was created by Fruitgrowers Dam which crosses Alfalfa Run. Alfalfa Runs natural flow is augmented by diversions from Surface and Dry Creeks. The reservoir is the main feature of the Fruitgrowers Dam Project. Visitation is estimated at roughly 500 people per year. There are about 5 miles of shoreline, 4 of which are open to recreation. No water contact activities are allowed. Average elevation is about 5,400 feet above sea level. The site has only primitivefacilities and no on-site manager or law enforcement.In the spring, Fruitgrowers Reservoir wildlife viewing area offers a spectacular sight with thousands of sandhill cranes stopping over on their way north. The reservoir hosts the largest nesting colony of western grebes in Colorado and more than 200 species of birds have been sighted. Also, a variety of mammals (i.e., mule deer, fox, mink) and reptiles make the area their home. There is a hard-surface watchable wildlife trail, about 750 feet long with turnout. Brochures for Fruitgrowers and other Grand Junction areas may be acquired by contacting the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau. You may call them at 1-800-962-2547 or 244-1480 for local calls.
Address:Western Colorado Area Office
2764 Compass Drive
Directions:Take Colorado Highway 92 northeast out of Delta. Go 4 miles to Colorado Highway 65, then 6 miles to the reservoir turnoff.