Halligan Reservoir is a manmade reservoir situated in Northern Colorado, and accessible via the Cherokee Middle Unit SWA (State Wildlife Area), which is governed by the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife. This trail leads you to the Southwest shore of Halligan Reservoir, which is the only publicly accessible portion of the reservoir. Halligan Reservoir was built in 1909 on the North Fork of the Poudre River by the North Poudre Irrigation Company (NPIC).
The water in Halligan Reservoir is owned by NPIC and used for irrigation. Currently, there is a proposal in the works called the Halligan Water Supply Project. If approved, the Halligan Water Supply Project will enlarge Halligan Reservoir by approximately 8,100 acre-feet to meet the demand of future Fort Collins Utilities' water customers and provide increased reliability for existing customers to help protect against service interruptions related to prolonged drought and other emergencies.
This trail is not the most exciting trail in the area, but it does provide access to some close-by fishing and kayaking to the local residents. If you are looking for a bit more excitement in the area, check out Turkey Roost, which is the harder of the two trails in this SWA. Please be cognizant of the signs put up on the banks of the shore as most of the land surrounding the water is not public.
The trailhead for Halligan Reservoir begins as you proceed through the gate at the back of the Cherokee Park SWA Middle Unit parking lot. As you go through the gate and cross the cattle guard, Halligan Reservoir is to the right while Turkey Roost Road is to your left. Both trails begin at the same location.
Take US Highway 287 north for 15 miles to Larimer County Road 80C (AKA Cherokee Park Road). Turn west on County Road 80C for 10.5 miles to the Cherokee Park SWA Middle Unit. This is Waypoint 4 on Cherokee Park Road.
Halligan Reservoir begins from the State Wildlife Area parking lot by turning right after going through the gate.
When most other Colorado Trails are still closed, the Cherokee Park SWA is at least open. This is one of the earliest opening spring time trails in Northern Colorado. The road was rutted in a few places due to a recently melted spring snow storm. The benefit was that the trail was not dusty at all. The rocky spur at Waypoint 3 was the most enjoyable part of the trail. At the end of this spur, the old road was clearly visible down by the North Fork Poudre River. This section has been closed for some time now and doubtful if it will ever open again.
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