Pelican Marsh Natural Area surrounds Robert Benson Reservoir and extends to the corner of Lemay and Carpenter Road. Pelican Marsh is a popular place for its namesake, American white pelicans, to fish and rest. Views of the mountains are impressive from this natural area.
Visitors will experience a shortgrass prairie, a reservoir with associated wetlands and wide open views. There are several old cottonwood tree stumps which were placed there as a habitat improvement for small mammals.
There is no access to or fishing in Robert Benson Reservoir as its very shallow and provides important habitat for water birds and shorebirds. Stay on the trail and use the wildlife viewing area to enjoy this peaceful setting.
There is about 1 mile of flat trail including a paved trail connecting Water's Way Park to Carpenter Road, a gravel trail along Carpenter Road and a paved trail from Water's Way Park to a wildlife viewing area of Robert Benson Reservoir. Pelican Marsh Trail Map >>>
5 a.m.- 11 p.m. daily
Pelican Marsh is east of College Avenue between Trilby and Carpenter roads. To reach it from south Lemay, turn west onto Province Road and continue until Water's Way Park. There is no parking lot, on street parking is available on Eden Ridge Court or Bellewood Lane.
Activities and Events
- Free educational activities and events in June-October are listed in the Tracks & Trails booklet guide.
- Last minute activity additions, trail recommendations and events offered between November-May are in our free monthly electronic newsletter- sign up in the upper right-hand corner of this page.
- Free educational programs about Pelican Marsh Natural Area are available for groups by request, call the Master Naturalist Program at 970-224-6118 or email c2tlbm5leUBmY2dvdi5jb20= .
- Know before you go safety and recreation information.
- Pelican Marsh Trail Map
- Pelican Marsh is adopted by Basith Weerasundara, thank you! By picking up litter, volunteer adopters enhance habitat for wildlife and native plants while increasing fellow visitors' enjoyment.
- Fossil Creek Natural Areas Management Plan 2017, pdf