Wahatoya Lakes State Wildlife Area

The Wahatoya Lakes State Wildlife Area—one mile east of La Veta on Bear Creek Road—offers the perfect respite for fishing, picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and non-motorized boating.

The main trail at this 203-acre state wildlife area meanders through fields, woods, and into a deep arroyo on the south side. There is a by-pass trail for people who prefer not to enter the arroyo. The trail follows a berm on the north side that offers a beautiful view of the Spanish Peaks and Mt. Mestas.

At 7,100 feet in elevation, anglers catch rainbow, brown & cutthroat trout. Please note, this is a cold-water lake where only artificial flies and lures are allowed.

Please read about Be Legendary and Care for Colorado before visiting this state-managed wildlife area. If the collective “we” are responsible with how we enjoy this land, it will flourish and continue to be beautiful and fun for years and years to come.