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Wallowa County Oregon

Authors/Editors:  Mike Denny, Chuck Gates, David Trochlell
County Seat: Enterprise
County Size: 3,152 Square Miles
High Elevation : Sacajawea Peak (9,838 feet)
Rarities : White-tailed Ptarmigan, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Yellow-billed Loon, Cattle Egret, Gyrfalcon, Snowy Owl, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Boreal Owl, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Rusty Blackbird, Little Bunting
Top County Lister : Frank Conley (288)
Year List Record : Frank & Sue Conley 2003 (224)
County Contact Person:  Email Kyle Bratcher

Checklists   Full checklists contain all birds seen in the county.  The brief checklists have all rarities removed and have a larger font to make them easier to use in the field.  To help us better understand bird distribution in the state, report any bird not on the checklists.  Of special interest are birds marked with  (C) or  (S)  on the full checklist.  You can contact the person listed above or report your sightings to birdnotes.net.

 

 

Wallowa County Oregon

Authors/Editors:  Mike Denny, Chuck Gates, David Trochlell
County Seat: Enterprise
County Size: 3,152 Square Miles
High Elevation : Sacajawea Peak (9,838 feet)
Rarities : White-tailed Ptarmigan, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Yellow-billed Loon, Cattle Egret, Gyrfalcon, Snowy Owl, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Boreal Owl, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Rusty Blackbird, Little Bunting
Top County Lister : Frank Conley (288)
Year List Record : Frank & Sue Conley 2003 (224)
County Contact Person:  Email Kyle Bratcher

Checklists   Full checklists contain all birds seen in the county.  The brief checklists have all rarities removed and have a larger font to make them easier to use in the field.  To help us better understand bird distribution in the state, report any bird not on the checklists.  Of special interest are birds marked with  (C) or  (S)  on the full checklist.  You can contact the person listed above or report your sightings to birdnotes.net.

 

 

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Wallowa County Birding Locations

 

Mottet Campground

Wenaha Wildlife Area

Flora

Grande Ronde River

Paradise

Powwatka Ridge

Minam RA

Wallowa

Jim Town Road

Lostine River Road

Leap Lane

Golf Course Road

Enterprise

Enterprise Fish Hatchery

Zumwalt Road

Crow Creek Road

Joseph Sewage Ponds

Joseph

Hurricane Creek

Little Sheep Creek Canyon

Wallowa Lake

Wallowa Lake Tram

Kinney Lake

McCully Creek

Clear Lake Ridge NCR

Imnaha

Zumwalt Prairie NC Preserve

Hat Point

Hell's Canyon NRA

Lick Creek Campground Area

 

Mottet Campground       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 A-5     DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 A-6  geographic coordinates 45 52’ 02” N   117 58’ 05” W

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Location:  From Tollgate and HWY 204, take FSRD 64 towards Jubilee Lake.  Look for the end of the pavement on FSRD 64 (this is uphill from the Bald Mountain over view, looking down the Looking Glass Creek Drainage). Turn left here on FSRD 6403 and follow it 12 miles to Mottet Campground.

Habitat and Birds: This is a super camping and birding site. There is an outstanding, clean, flowing ice ( the water is so cold that it hurts to leave your fingers in it) spring here. This is where you enter the high wet cold forest of the Northern Blue Mountains. You are at 4988' and there are many huckleberries in late July along FSRD 6403.  Drive slowly to save your car and to listen for birds. Here you can find Pileated Woodpecker, Ruffed Grouse, Mountain Bluebird, BOREAL OWL in Sept.-October, Black-backed Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Red Crossbill, Townsends Warbler, Northern Goshawk and loads of butterflies in July and August. This is an outstanding site to spend a three day period in mid to late June. There are Black Bears and there are lots of interesting plants and flowers.

Wenaha Wildlife Area       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 A-6      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 A-8   geographic coordinates Large Area

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Location:  From Enterprise take Hwy. 3 north 35 miles to Flora Junction. Proceed through Flora and follow signs for 13 miles including eight miles of very steep, narrow, gravel road to Troy. Cross the Wenaha River and bear right at the first "Y." Continue up a steep, narrow gravel road to the first left onto Eden Bench Road. The wildlife area starts at the first cattle guard and continues on both sides of the road for nine miles to the Forest Service boundary. Eden Bench Road goes through 1.5 miles of private property marked "no trespassing." Eden Bench Road turns into Forest Service Road 6212, which intersects Forest Service Road 62. Turn right on Forest Service Road 62 to return to Troy. These roads are not recommended for passenger car use.

Habitat and Birds:  ODFW Website

Grande Ronde River (Troy)      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 A-7     DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 A-8  geographic coordinates 45 56’ 48” N   117 27’ 05” W

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Location:  From Enterprise take Hwy. 3 north 35 miles to Flora Junction. Proceed through Flora and follow signs for 13 miles including eight miles of very steep, narrow, gravel road to Troy.  From the bridge over the Grande Ronde River, you can travel both north and south along the river.

Habitat and Birds: Information is needed about the birdlife in this area.  If you bird Troy and its surrounds, please report your findings. 

Paradise      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 A-8      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 A-9   geographic coordinates 45 56’ 17” N   117 13’ 18” W

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Location:  From Enterprise, take Hwy 3 north for 36.4 miles to Paradise Ridge Lane.  Turn right (east) and go two miles to the Paradise area.  Continue on this road (now called Rye Ridge Road) for several miles.

Habitat and Birds:  This road flows through high elevation meadows, farmland and thin timber.  Birds along this route might include Cooper's Hawk, Ruffed Grouse, Northern Pygmy Owl, Red-naped Sapsucker, Cassin's Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Hermit Thrush, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brown-headed Cowbird, and Evening Grosbeak.

Flora      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 A-7      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 A-9   geographic coordinates 45 54’ 00” N   117 18’ 35” W

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Location:  From Enterprise, take Hwy 3 north for 33.4 miles to Flora Lane.  Turn left (west) and go three miles to the Flora area.  Just north of this area, take Lost Prairie Road west.  Look for a junction and take the left at Redmond Grade Lane and this road winds its way to the Grande Ronde River.

Habitat and Birds:  This area is mostly farmland surrounded by thin stands of conifers.  More information is needed about the birdlife in this area.  If you bird Flora and its surrounds, please report your findings. 

Powwatka Ridge      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 A-7      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 B-8   geographic coordinates 45 52’ 59” N   117 28’ 43” W

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Location:  There are two methods of accessing this site.  From Wallowa, travel east on Whiskey Creek Road for about 0.75 miles and turn left (north) on Hill Road.  Take Hill Road for five miles and it will dead end at Troy Road.  Turn Left (north) and take Troy for 24 miles.  This will take you all along the ridge.  Check out the small lake at the north end of the ridge.  You can also access Powwatka from the community of Troy.  Follow the directions to Flora found elsewhere in this guide.  From Flora, take Flora Road east to Redmond Grade Lane.  Take this road to the Grande Ronde River.  Cross the river and go south on Troy Road past the community of Troy.  When the Troy Road crosses back over the river and up the surrounding canyon, you will be at Powwatka Ridge.

Habitat and Birds:  Birds found here might include Gray Partridge, Chukar, Northern Goshawk, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, three chickadee species, Brown Creeper, Mountain Bluebird, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Evening Grosbeak

Minam Recreation Area      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 B-5   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 C-7   geographic coordinates 45 37’ 15” N   117 43’ 22” W

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State Park Brochure

Location:  To reach the Minam Recreation Area, travel NE out of La Grande on Hwy 82.  When you get to the town of Elgin, you will cross the Grande Ronde River.  From the river, set your odometer and travel for 12.9 miles.  Look for a building advertising information and maps.  The road to the recreation area is just past that building on the left. 

Habitat and Birds:  This is a mixed conifer area.  Birds you might expect here would include Dusky Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, woodpeckers, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, three chickadee species, Brown Creeper, Mountain Bluebird, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Western Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Siskin, Lazuli Bunting, and Evening Grosbeak.

Wallowa      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 B-6      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 C-8   geographic coordinates 45 34’ 12” N   117 31’ 41” W

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Location:  Located 45.7 miles NE of La Grande and 25.7 miles east of Elgin on Hwy 82. 

Habitat and Birds:  In winter, bird the town itself for specialties such as Bohemian Waxwing and Common Redpoll.  Check out the sewage ponds on the north side of town.  From east Wallowa, take Douglas Street north until it crosses the railroad tracks.  Keep to the right and you will see the ponds.  There is a wetland to the west of the pond, and the creek to the north can have birds as well.

Jim Town Road       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 B-6      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 C-8   geographic coordinates   45 34’ 09” N   117 29’ 35” W

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Location:  From 1st Street in Wallowa, head east and leave town on Whiskey Creek Road.  Go 1.6 miles (past Hill Road and the cemetery) and turn right on Jim Town Road.  Stay on this road for 7.7 miles to Lostine and back to Hwy 82. 

Habitat and Birds:  This road winds through farmland and brushy fence rows.  Primarily, this is a winter destination and sparrows are the major quarry.  However, Bobolinks are a possibility in the area during the summer months.  Keep an eye out for Gray Partridge coming off the scrubby hillsides.  Swainson's Hawk can be found here in summer.  There are some riparian areas near the end of this loop and Gray Catbird is a possibility.

Lostine River Road        return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-7     DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-8   geographic coordinates 45 29’ 09” N   117 25’ 54” W

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Check out the Lostine Canyon Auto Tour

Location:  From Lostine, go south on this road for 18 miles as it follows the Lostine River into the Wallowa National Forest.  At 3.7 miles, take a side trip on Mountain View Road to Lostine Reservoir.  Look for the Bowman River Trail at mile 14.8. 

Habitat and Birds:  This road follows the Lostine River and winds through farmland and into timber.  Riparian vegetation is never far from the road.  Species noted here in the past include Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin, Barn Owl, Townsend's Solitaire, Bohemian Waxwing, and Yellow Warbler.  Other forest species are expected as you move higher into the timber.  American Three-toed Woodpecker and Pacific Wren can sometimes be found on the Bowman River Trail.

Leap Lane      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 B-6      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 C-9   geographic coordinates 45 30’ 33” N   117 16’ 51” W

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Location:  From 1st Street in Wallowa, head east and leave town on Whiskey Creek Road.  Go 2.3 miles (past Hill Road and the cemetery) and turn left (east) on Leap Lane.  Stay on Leap Lane for 16 miles and return to Hwy 3. 

Habitat and Birds:  Birds you might find on this road include Chukar, Gray Partridge, hawks & falcons, Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk, woodpeckers,  Horned Lark, swallows, sparrows including American Tree and Vesper, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, and Snow Bunting.

Golf Course Road      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-7      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-9   geographic coordinates   45 25’ 38” N   117 17’ 12” W

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Location:  Golf Course Road is on the west end of Enterprise off of Hwy 82.  Take this road north for about 10 miles from Enterprise.  There are a couple of options that provide a loop back to town.  You can take School Flat Road west which will bring you back to Lostine.  Or you can take Leap Lane east and end up at Hwy 3 which will take you back to Enterprise.

Habitat and Birds:  This road is a popular winter route because of the species one might find here.  American Tree Sparrow is often found here along with flocks of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch and Snow Bunting.  Ring-necked Pheasants are abundant and a few Sharp-tailed Grouse have been released along this route.  Gray Partridge are relatively abundant and raptors are plentiful.  Snowy Owls are possible in good owl flight years. In summer, look for Ferruginous Hawk, Vesper Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Short-eared Owl, and Bank Swallow (nesting in bank behind Mountain Auto Repair, just as you are leaving Enterprise).

Chico Road/ Ant Flat Road      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-7      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-9   geographic coordinates   45 25’ 51” N   117 16’ 10” W

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Location:  From the center of Enterprise.  Take North Street all the way to the east edge of town and turn north on 4th Street.  Go five blocks and then 4th veers to the east and becomes Chico Road.  Chico soon becomes Ant Flat Road and goes straight north for 7.2 miles until it meets up with Hwy 3.  You can take Hwy 3 back to Enterprise or take it north into the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (It's about 35 miles from this location to the Washington border).

Habitat and Birds:  Birds you might find on this road include Chukar, Gray Partridge, hawks & falcons, Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk, woodpeckers,  Horned Lark, swallows, sparrow including American Tree and Vesper, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, and Snow Bunting.

Enterprise      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-7      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-9   geographic coordinates  45 25’ 34” N   117 16’ 43” W

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City Information

Location:  Enterprise is located 64 miles east of La Grande on Hwy 82. 

Habitat and Birds:  .  Like most NE Oregon towns, Enterprise is a magnet for some of Oregon's most sought after species.  White-winged Crossbill (rare), Pine Grosbeaks (rare), Common Redpolls, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and Bohemian Waxwings can all be found in winter.  Gray Partridges can be found on the town edges.  One of the best locations is Pete's Pond.  From Central Enterprise, take Depot Street south for 0.3 miles and turn right on Thorpes Lane.  Go one block and turn left on Montclair Street.  The pond can be viewed from Montclair.  Some of the nice birds that have turned up on the local Christmas Bird Count are Snow Goose, Wood Duck, Canvasback, Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Chukar, Gray Partridge, Ruffed Grouse, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Osprey, Northern Goshawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Merlin, Gyrfalcon, Peregrine Falcon, Sandhill Crane, Herring Gull, Barn Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great Gray Owl, Short-eared Owl, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Northern Shrike, Gray Jay, Blue Jay, three chickadee species, Pygmy Nuthatch, Marsh Wren, American Dipper, American Tree Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, Lapland Longspur, and Snow Bunting.

Enterprise Fish Hatchery and Enterprise WMA       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-7      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-9   geographic coordinates 45 25’ 01” N   117 18’ 07” W

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Location:  About a mile west of Enterprise on Hwy 82, take Fish Hatchery Road south for about 0.5 miles (past a large pond).  The road curves to the left.  Look for the fish hatchery after the curve. 

Habitat and Birds: Look for a large pond on the western border of this area.  It has produced some of the more unusual waterfowl sightings for the area.  Check the marshy areas for Marsh Wren, Sora, Virginia Rail, and Common Yellowthroat.  American Redstarts and Gray Catbirds have been seen here before.  Check the large cottonwoods for Western Screech-Owl and seasonal migrants.  The brushy areas are good for sparrows and often contain surprising numbers of Ring-necked Pheasants.

Zumwalt Road      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-8      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-10   geographic coordinates  45 24’ 54” N   117 08’ 53” W

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Location:  Travel east out of Enterprise on Hwy 82.  Go 2.6 miles and turn left (north) on Crow Creek Road.  Take Crow Creek Rd. 4.9 miles east to Zumwalt Road.  Take Zumwalt north for 25 miles through Zumwalt Prairie and on to the Wallowa National Forest. 

Habitat and Birds: Birds seen along this road include a dozen species of duck, Chukar, Gray Partridge, Ruffed Grouse, Mountain Quail, Western Grebe, eleven hawks (including falcons), Wilson's Phalarope, Great Horned Owl, Great Gray Owl, Short-eared Owl, Common Nighthawk, Vaux's Swift, five woodpecker sp., nine species of flycatchers including Willow and "Western-type" (The distribution of Cordilleran/Pacific -slope in Eastern Oregon is not well understood), Cassin's Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, Horned Lark, swallows, three nuthatches, both bluebirds, 5 species of warbler including Yellow-breasted Chat, seven species of sparrow (including Brewer's), Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill, and Evening Grosbeak.

Crow Creek Road      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-7      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-10   geographic coordinates   45 23’ 47” N   117 13’ 54” W

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Location:  Travel east out of Enterprise on Hwy 82.  Go 2.6 miles and turn left (north) on Crow Creek Road.  You can take this road north for 27 miles if you want before it dissolves into branching forest service roads in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Habitat and Birds:  Check out the marshy area near Hwy 82 for winter birds like redpolls, sparrows (American Tree and Harris's), and Gray Partridge.  Look for these species all along this road.  Further up the road keep your eyes peeled for Golden Eagle, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, and Snow Bunting.  Check the Horned Lark Flocks for the occasional longspur.  A Gyrfalcon was located on this road in 2009.

Joseph Sewage Ponds       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-8     DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-9   geographic coordinates 45 22’ 24” N   117 13’ 12” W

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Location:  From Joseph, travel north on Main Street and go 0.5 miles from the edge of town.  Turn right (east) on Walker Lane.  Go 0.5 miles to Valley View Road and turn left (north).  Take this road a short distance to the ponds. 

Habitat and Birds:  These very productive sewage ponds have produced the following sightings in years past:  Tundra Swan, Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Redhead, Barrow's Goldeneye, Bald Eagle, Sora, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Bank Swallow, and Red-winged Blackbird.

Joseph      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-7      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-9   geographic coordinates 45 21’ 15” N   117 13’ 47” W

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City Information 

Location:  Joseph is seven miles south of Enterprise on Hwy 82. 

Habitat and Birds:  This is a wonderful place to bird in the winter.  Seeing giant flocks of Bohemian Waxwing that can number in the hundreds is pretty thrilling.  Some of the other species recorded within the city limits are Tundra Swan, Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Redhead, Barrow's Goldeneye, Ring-necked Pheasant, Mountain Quail, Bald Eagle, Sora, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Great Gray Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, both kingbirds, swallows, Cedar Waxwing, Lazuli Bunting, and Common Redpoll

Hurricane Creek       return to the top

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Location:  In Enterprise, take S. River Street south and leave town.  Travel about 5.4 miles on Hurricane Creek Road to the creek itself and the campground.  There is a trail that follows the creek to its source.  From Joseph, you can take Wallowa Street west past the fairgrounds and airport and hook up with Hurricane Creek.

Habitat and Birds:  Watch for Bobolinks in summer at the beginning of this road.  Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, three chickadee species, Brown Creeper, Mountain Bluebird, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Evening Grosbeak can all be found further into the forest along this road.

Little Sheep Creek Canyon       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-8      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-10   geographic coordinates 45 20’ 07” N   117 04’ 49” W

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Location:  From Joseph, travel 7.5 miles east on Hwy 350 and you will enter the canyon.  Hwy 350 travels north through the canyon for 22 miles to Imnaha.

Habitat and Birds:  Riparian vegetation lines this entire, route and steep canyons are interspersed with sloping grass-laden hillsides.  Gray Catbirds (rare), Black-capped Chickadees, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Vaux's Swift, White-throated Swift, Lazuli Bunting, Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Chukar, Western Kingbird, Black-headed Grosbeak, and American Redstart (rare) can be found here.  Red-eyed Vireo is a possibility and Yellow-breasted Chat are abundant in summer.  Look for Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches in the rocky slopes and watch for redpolls in winter.

Wallowa Lake/ Wallowa Lake State Park       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-8      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 E-10   geographic coordinates 45 16’ 28” N   117 12’ 37” W

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Location:  From Enterprise, take Hwy 82 south to Joseph.  In Joseph, take Main Street south to Hwy 351.  Hwy 351 runs south of Joseph for just one mile to the lake.  Keep on this road to the south end of the lake to find the state park.

Habitat and Birds:   State Park Website    In summer look for forest species like woodpeckers and nuthatches.  Swainson's Thrush, Cassin's Finch, and Red Crossbill all nest near here.  Look for Common Loon on the lake.  Bald Eagles do nest around the lake.  Great Horned Owls nest near the campground. Check the lodge at the lake for hummingbirds.  These feeders have produced Black-chinned, Calliope, Rufous, and even Broad-tailed Hummingbirds (rare).   In winter, look for Barrow's Goldeneye on the lake along with the occasional Common Loon (Yellow-billed Loon has been here).  The fall can bring a drop in water levels and shorebirds are possible at this time.  Sanderling, Parasitic Jaeger, and Sabine's Gull have all been found here.  Some of the other birds seen here include Northern Shoveler, Common Merganser, American White Pelican, Osprey, Spotted Sandpiper, Ring-billed & California Gull, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, three chickadee species, Brown Creeper, Mountain Bluebird, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Evening Grosbeak.  

Wallowa Lake Tramway       return to the top

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Tramway Website   

Location:  From Enterprise, take Hwy 82 south to Joseph.  In Joseph, take Main Street south to Hwy 351.  Hwy 351 runs south of Joseph for just one mile to the lake.  Keep on this road to the south end of the lake and continue to the end of the road where you will find a parking area for the tram.  The tram takes you to the summit of Mountain Howard which is SE of Wallowa Lake at over 8,000 feet in elevation.  There are several trails at the top and a small restaurant to enjoy an alpine lunch.  The tram is only open mid-May to September.  In 2010, the cost was $24 per adult with a discount for seniors and kids.  Check the website for current prices.

Habitat and Birds  This area has the potential to produce any high-elevation species such as Spruce Grouse, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, or White-winged Crossbill.  The more likely species here include Clark's Nutcracker (gobs of them begging tourists), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Mountain Bluebird, and White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco.  Keep your eyes open for raptors on top.  The occasional Northern Goshawk will feed on flocks of small birds at the summit.

Kinney Lake       return to the top

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Location:  From Joseph, take Hwy 350 (also called Imnaha or Little Sheep Creek Road) east for about 5.4 miles and turn right (south) on Tucker Downs Road.  Take Tucker Downs for 1.5 miles and turn left (east) on Kinney Lake Road.  Take this road one mile to the lake.

Habitat and Birds:  Besides Wallowa Lake and the sewage ponds in Joseph, this is one of the few open water lakes in the area.  On the way to the lake and at the lake, look and listen for Grasshopper Sparrow.  Look for waterfowl, shorebirds, passerines, and Gray Partridge here. (Thanks to Howard Horvath, David Smith and Jamie Simmons for this info).

McCully Creek       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-8      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 E-10   geographic coordinates 45 16’ 40” N   117 07’ 53” W

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Check Out  "Falcon Guide: Hiking Oregon's Eaglecap Wilderness"

Location:  Drive east 5.4 miles from Joseph, on Hwy 350. Turn right on Tucker Down Road (County Road 633). Drive south for approximately 4.6 miles, (one mile past the Ferguson Ridge Ski Area turnoff). Turn right on FS Road 3920-012. The trailhead is approximately 0.5 miles.  You can park at the trailhead and access the trail there or you can park down by the gate (don't block the gate) and begin your walk there.  Hike about 0.75 miles and the gravel ends where the trail splits.  Take the left split (Look for an arrow made from small rocks) and hike for as long as you have time.  Watch for cryptically colored grouse along the trail edges and on fallen logs off the trail.  The author has found August to be a good time to find birds here as the chicks are well grown and the adult females make soft contact calls to warn all the kids of approaching danger.

Habitat and Birds: Mixed conifers and high mountain meadows.  This is one of the best locations in the Wallowa Mountains for finding the big three most wanted birds (White-winged Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, Spruce Grouse).  That's not all you can see here though.  Look for Snow Buntings and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches on the way up to the trail (Tucker Down Rd.).  Dusky and Ruffed Grouse are here along with the Spruce Grouse and you have a decent chance of seeing all three.  Keep an eye out for Great Gray Owl in the open areas.  Cassin's Finches and Red Crossbills are here along with Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, and American Three-toed Woodpecker.  If you will be visiting the Joseph area, this is a must see location.  Be careful of snow levels in winter.

Clear Lake Ridge Nature Conservancy Reserve      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 88 C-1      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 88 D-1   geographic coordinates 45 28’ 31” N   116 56’ 22” W

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Location:   Go to  TNC Website for driving directions  

Habitat and Birds:   Welcome to Clear Lake Ridge Nature Conservancy Reserve

Imnaha      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 88 B-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 88 C-1   geographic coordinates   45 33’ 34” N   116˚ 49’ 58” W

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Location:  Imnaha is in NE Wallowa County.  From Joseph, take Hwy 350 north for 29.2 miles to Imnaha.  Imnaha is right on the Imnaha River.

Habitat and Birds:  The tiny berg of Imnaha is located at the confluence of several waterways, so it has the potential to be a bottleneck for migrating passerines.  It also provides a good amount of riparian area surrounded by steep, sage-covered canyons.  Some of the birds you might see here include Common Merganser, Chukar, Spotted Sandpiper, Vaux's Swift, Belted Kingfisher, Lazuli Bunting, Lark Sparrow, a myriad of migrants, and both Canyon and Rock Wrens.  Check out the gardens and ornamental plantings during summer.  You may be able to pick up a Broad-tailed Hummingbird.  The surrounding hills are mostly timbered and can produce Dusky Grouse, Spruce Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Calliope Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, "Western-type" Flycatcher (The distribution of Cordilleran/Pacific -slope in Eastern Oregon is not well understood), Dusky Flycatcher, Gray Jay, Tree Swallow, three nuthatch species, Mountain and Western Bluebirds, both kinglets, Townsend's Warbler, Western  Tanager, Purple Finch, Cassin's Finch, and Red Crossbill to name only a few.  Both Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Peregrine Falcon have been reported from this area in the past.

Zumwalt Prairie Nature Conservancy Preserve       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 88 B-1      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 88 C-1    geographic coordinates 45 33’ 23” N   116 57’ 18” W

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Location:  Zumwalt Prairie Directions

Habitat and Birds:    Zumwalt Prairie is North America's largest remaining grassland of its type.  A list of birds from this location might include the following: Green-winged Teal, Mountain Quail, Cooper's Hawk, American Kestrel, Lewis's Woodpecker, Western & Eastern Kingbirds, Red-eyed Vireo (rare), Clark's Nutcracker, Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, House Wren, Cedar Waxwing, Western Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Western Meadowlark.

Hat Point      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 88 C-2      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 88 D-2   geographic coordinates 45 26’ 15” N   116 39’ 41” W

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Location:  Hat Point is approximately 56 miles NE of Joseph. From Joseph, take Hwy 350, approximately 33 miles to Imnaha. At the town of Imnaha, take FR 4240 south and then FR 315 to Hat Point which is approximately 23.5 miles to the Hat Point Trailhead. This road is a one-lane gravel road with turnouts, has been resurfaced and is suitable for passenger cars. There is a stock loading ramp, hitch rails, fully accessible restrooms, no camping or water on site. You can usually access the trailhead from July to November, and is an entrance to the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and the Snake River. Northwest Forest Pass required except for day use area. Pay station on site.

Habitat and Birds:The mountain birding is wonderful all along FR 4240.  You could easily spend a whole morning birding your way to Hat Point.  If you don't see a single bird, the view will make the trip worthwhile.  High altitude forests support high altitude birds.  Ruffed, Dusky, and Spruce Grouse can be found here.  Mountain Quail have been seen here as well.  Black-backed and American Three-toed Woodpeckers can be found along with several other woodpecker species (especially Williamson's Sapsucker).  Rarely, White-winged Crossbills and Pine Grosbeaks can be seen in the area along with many more common forest species.

Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area      return to the top

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Location:  Hell's Canyon Recreation Sites   

Habitat and Birds:  USFS Hell's Canyon Website

Lick Creek Campground Area       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 D-8      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 F-10   geographic coordinates  45 08’ 02” N   117 03’ 18” W

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Location:  Lick Creek is approximately 19 miles southeast from Joseph. From Joseph take Hwy 350 (also called Imnaha or Little Sheep Creek Road)  for 7.8 miles, turn right on Forest Road 39 (A.K.A. Wallowa Mountains Loop Road or the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway). Go approximately 16 miles and the campground is on your left after the Lick Creek Crossing.  From this location, you can make several side trips exploring the forest.  Purchase a USFS map of the area and explore at will.  Know that the scenic byway is usually closed by snow from late October through late May or early June and is not passable with motor vehicles. 15 miles past Lick Creek C.G. on Forest Road 39 is Ollokot Campground. There are hummingbird feeders near the host trailer.  Both Rufous and Broad-tailed have been seen here. Look for Spruce Grouse on F.S. Rd 3960 past this campground.

Habitat and Birds:  This area is famous for finding Spruce Grouse.  Be careful since Ruffed Grouse and Dusky Grouse are both present here as well.  Other forest species like Pileated Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, three chickadee species, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Evening Grosbeak are expected. 

 

 

Mottet Campground

Wenaha Wildlife Area

Flora

Grande Ronde River

Paradise

Powwatka Ridge

Minam RA

Wallowa

Jim Town Road

Lostine River Road

Leap Lane

Golf Course Road

Enterprise

Enterprise Fish Hatchery

Zumwalt Road

Crow Creek Road

Joseph Sewage Ponds

Joseph

Hurricane Creek

Little Sheep Creek Canyon

Wallowa Lake

Wallowa Lake Tram

Kinney Lake

McCully Creek

Clear Lake Ridge NCR

Imnaha

Zumwalt Prairie NC Preserve

Hat Point

Hell's Canyon NRA

Lick Creek Campground Area

 

Mottet Campground       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 A-5     DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 A-6  geographic coordinates 45 52’ 02” N   117 58’ 05” W

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Location:  From Tollgate and HWY 204, take FSRD 64 towards Jubilee Lake.  Look for the end of the pavement on FSRD 64 (this is uphill from the Bald Mountain over view, looking down the Looking Glass Creek Drainage). Turn left here on FSRD 6403 and follow it 12 miles to Mottet Campground.

Habitat and Birds: This is a super camping and birding site. There is an outstanding, clean, flowing ice ( the water is so cold that it hurts to leave your fingers in it) spring here. This is where you enter the high wet cold forest of the Northern Blue Mountains. You are at 4988' and there are many huckleberries in late July along FSRD 6403.  Drive slowly to save your car and to listen for birds. Here you can find Pileated Woodpecker, Ruffed Grouse, Mountain Bluebird, BOREAL OWL in Sept.-October, Black-backed Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Red Crossbill, Townsends Warbler, Northern Goshawk and loads of butterflies in July and August. This is an outstanding site to spend a three day period in mid to late June. There are Black Bears and there are lots of interesting plants and flowers.

Wenaha Wildlife Area       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 A-6      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 A-8   geographic coordinates Large Area

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Location:  From Enterprise take Hwy. 3 north 35 miles to Flora Junction. Proceed through Flora and follow signs for 13 miles including eight miles of very steep, narrow, gravel road to Troy. Cross the Wenaha River and bear right at the first "Y." Continue up a steep, narrow gravel road to the first left onto Eden Bench Road. The wildlife area starts at the first cattle guard and continues on both sides of the road for nine miles to the Forest Service boundary. Eden Bench Road goes through 1.5 miles of private property marked "no trespassing." Eden Bench Road turns into Forest Service Road 6212, which intersects Forest Service Road 62. Turn right on Forest Service Road 62 to return to Troy. These roads are not recommended for passenger car use.

Habitat and Birds:  ODFW Website

Grande Ronde River (Troy)      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 A-7     DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 A-8  geographic coordinates 45 56’ 48” N   117 27’ 05” W

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Location:  From Enterprise take Hwy. 3 north 35 miles to Flora Junction. Proceed through Flora and follow signs for 13 miles including eight miles of very steep, narrow, gravel road to Troy.  From the bridge over the Grande Ronde River, you can travel both north and south along the river.

Habitat and Birds: Information is needed about the birdlife in this area.  If you bird Troy and its surrounds, please report your findings. 

Paradise      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 A-8      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 A-9   geographic coordinates 45 56’ 17” N   117 13’ 18” W

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Location:  From Enterprise, take Hwy 3 north for 36.4 miles to Paradise Ridge Lane.  Turn right (east) and go two miles to the Paradise area.  Continue on this road (now called Rye Ridge Road) for several miles.

Habitat and Birds:  This road flows through high elevation meadows, farmland and thin timber.  Birds along this route might include Cooper's Hawk, Ruffed Grouse, Northern Pygmy Owl, Red-naped Sapsucker, Cassin's Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Hermit Thrush, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brown-headed Cowbird, and Evening Grosbeak.

Flora      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 A-7      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 A-9   geographic coordinates 45 54’ 00” N   117 18’ 35” W

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Location:  From Enterprise, take Hwy 3 north for 33.4 miles to Flora Lane.  Turn left (west) and go three miles to the Flora area.  Just north of this area, take Lost Prairie Road west.  Look for a junction and take the left at Redmond Grade Lane and this road winds its way to the Grande Ronde River.

Habitat and Birds:  This area is mostly farmland surrounded by thin stands of conifers.  More information is needed about the birdlife in this area.  If you bird Flora and its surrounds, please report your findings. 

Powwatka Ridge      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 A-7      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 B-8   geographic coordinates 45 52’ 59” N   117 28’ 43” W

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Location:  There are two methods of accessing this site.  From Wallowa, travel east on Whiskey Creek Road for about 0.75 miles and turn left (north) on Hill Road.  Take Hill Road for five miles and it will dead end at Troy Road.  Turn Left (north) and take Troy for 24 miles.  This will take you all along the ridge.  Check out the small lake at the north end of the ridge.  You can also access Powwatka from the community of Troy.  Follow the directions to Flora found elsewhere in this guide.  From Flora, take Flora Road east to Redmond Grade Lane.  Take this road to the Grande Ronde River.  Cross the river and go south on Troy Road past the community of Troy.  When the Troy Road crosses back over the river and up the surrounding canyon, you will be at Powwatka Ridge.

Habitat and Birds:  Birds found here might include Gray Partridge, Chukar, Northern Goshawk, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, three chickadee species, Brown Creeper, Mountain Bluebird, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Evening Grosbeak

Minam Recreation Area      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 B-5   DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 C-7   geographic coordinates 45 37’ 15” N   117 43’ 22” W

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Location:  To reach the Minam Recreation Area, travel NE out of La Grande on Hwy 82.  When you get to the town of Elgin, you will cross the Grande Ronde River.  From the river, set your odometer and travel for 12.9 miles.  Look for a building advertising information and maps.  The road to the recreation area is just past that building on the left. 

Habitat and Birds:  This is a mixed conifer area.  Birds you might expect here would include Dusky Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, woodpeckers, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, three chickadee species, Brown Creeper, Mountain Bluebird, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Western Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Siskin, Lazuli Bunting, and Evening Grosbeak.

Wallowa      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 B-6      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 C-8   geographic coordinates 45 34’ 12” N   117 31’ 41” W

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Location:  Located 45.7 miles NE of La Grande and 25.7 miles east of Elgin on Hwy 82. 

Habitat and Birds:  In winter, bird the town itself for specialties such as Bohemian Waxwing and Common Redpoll.  Check out the sewage ponds on the north side of town.  From east Wallowa, take Douglas Street north until it crosses the railroad tracks.  Keep to the right and you will see the ponds.  There is a wetland to the west of the pond, and the creek to the north can have birds as well.

Jim Town Road       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 B-6      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 C-8   geographic coordinates   45 34’ 09” N   117 29’ 35” W

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Location:  From 1st Street in Wallowa, head east and leave town on Whiskey Creek Road.  Go 1.6 miles (past Hill Road and the cemetery) and turn right on Jim Town Road.  Stay on this road for 7.7 miles to Lostine and back to Hwy 82. 

Habitat and Birds:  This road winds through farmland and brushy fence rows.  Primarily, this is a winter destination and sparrows are the major quarry.  However, Bobolinks are a possibility in the area during the summer months.  Keep an eye out for Gray Partridge coming off the scrubby hillsides.  Swainson's Hawk can be found here in summer.  There are some riparian areas near the end of this loop and Gray Catbird is a possibility.

Lostine River Road        return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-7     DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-8   geographic coordinates 45 29’ 09” N   117 25’ 54” W

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Check out the Lostine Canyon Auto Tour

Location:  From Lostine, go south on this road for 18 miles as it follows the Lostine River into the Wallowa National Forest.  At 3.7 miles, take a side trip on Mountain View Road to Lostine Reservoir.  Look for the Bowman River Trail at mile 14.8. 

Habitat and Birds:  This road follows the Lostine River and winds through farmland and into timber.  Riparian vegetation is never far from the road.  Species noted here in the past include Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin, Barn Owl, Townsend's Solitaire, Bohemian Waxwing, and Yellow Warbler.  Other forest species are expected as you move higher into the timber.  American Three-toed Woodpecker and Pacific Wren can sometimes be found on the Bowman River Trail.

Leap Lane      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 B-6      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 C-9   geographic coordinates 45 30’ 33” N   117 16’ 51” W

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Location:  From 1st Street in Wallowa, head east and leave town on Whiskey Creek Road.  Go 2.3 miles (past Hill Road and the cemetery) and turn left (east) on Leap Lane.  Stay on Leap Lane for 16 miles and return to Hwy 3. 

Habitat and Birds:  Birds you might find on this road include Chukar, Gray Partridge, hawks & falcons, Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk, woodpeckers,  Horned Lark, swallows, sparrows including American Tree and Vesper, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, and Snow Bunting.

Golf Course Road      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-7      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-9   geographic coordinates   45 25’ 38” N   117 17’ 12” W

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Location:  Golf Course Road is on the west end of Enterprise off of Hwy 82.  Take this road north for about 10 miles from Enterprise.  There are a couple of options that provide a loop back to town.  You can take School Flat Road west which will bring you back to Lostine.  Or you can take Leap Lane east and end up at Hwy 3 which will take you back to Enterprise.

Habitat and Birds:  This road is a popular winter route because of the species one might find here.  American Tree Sparrow is often found here along with flocks of Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch and Snow Bunting.  Ring-necked Pheasants are abundant and a few Sharp-tailed Grouse have been released along this route.  Gray Partridge are relatively abundant and raptors are plentiful.  Snowy Owls are possible in good owl flight years. In summer, look for Ferruginous Hawk, Vesper Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Short-eared Owl, and Bank Swallow (nesting in bank behind Mountain Auto Repair, just as you are leaving Enterprise).

Chico Road/ Ant Flat Road      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-7      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-9   geographic coordinates   45 25’ 51” N   117 16’ 10” W

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Location:  From the center of Enterprise.  Take North Street all the way to the east edge of town and turn north on 4th Street.  Go five blocks and then 4th veers to the east and becomes Chico Road.  Chico soon becomes Ant Flat Road and goes straight north for 7.2 miles until it meets up with Hwy 3.  You can take Hwy 3 back to Enterprise or take it north into the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (It's about 35 miles from this location to the Washington border).

Habitat and Birds:  Birds you might find on this road include Chukar, Gray Partridge, hawks & falcons, Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk, woodpeckers,  Horned Lark, swallows, sparrow including American Tree and Vesper, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, and Snow Bunting.

Enterprise      return to the top

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City Information

Location:  Enterprise is located 64 miles east of La Grande on Hwy 82. 

Habitat and Birds:  .  Like most NE Oregon towns, Enterprise is a magnet for some of Oregon's most sought after species.  White-winged Crossbill (rare), Pine Grosbeaks (rare), Common Redpolls, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and Bohemian Waxwings can all be found in winter.  Gray Partridges can be found on the town edges.  One of the best locations is Pete's Pond.  From Central Enterprise, take Depot Street south for 0.3 miles and turn right on Thorpes Lane.  Go one block and turn left on Montclair Street.  The pond can be viewed from Montclair.  Some of the nice birds that have turned up on the local Christmas Bird Count are Snow Goose, Wood Duck, Canvasback, Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Chukar, Gray Partridge, Ruffed Grouse, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Osprey, Northern Goshawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Merlin, Gyrfalcon, Peregrine Falcon, Sandhill Crane, Herring Gull, Barn Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great Gray Owl, Short-eared Owl, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Northern Shrike, Gray Jay, Blue Jay, three chickadee species, Pygmy Nuthatch, Marsh Wren, American Dipper, American Tree Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, Lapland Longspur, and Snow Bunting.

Enterprise Fish Hatchery and Enterprise WMA       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-7      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-9   geographic coordinates 45 25’ 01” N   117 18’ 07” W

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Location:  About a mile west of Enterprise on Hwy 82, take Fish Hatchery Road south for about 0.5 miles (past a large pond).  The road curves to the left.  Look for the fish hatchery after the curve. 

Habitat and Birds: Look for a large pond on the western border of this area.  It has produced some of the more unusual waterfowl sightings for the area.  Check the marshy areas for Marsh Wren, Sora, Virginia Rail, and Common Yellowthroat.  American Redstarts and Gray Catbirds have been seen here before.  Check the large cottonwoods for Western Screech-Owl and seasonal migrants.  The brushy areas are good for sparrows and often contain surprising numbers of Ring-necked Pheasants.

Zumwalt Road      return to the top

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Location:  Travel east out of Enterprise on Hwy 82.  Go 2.6 miles and turn left (north) on Crow Creek Road.  Take Crow Creek Rd. 4.9 miles east to Zumwalt Road.  Take Zumwalt north for 25 miles through Zumwalt Prairie and on to the Wallowa National Forest. 

Habitat and Birds: Birds seen along this road include a dozen species of duck, Chukar, Gray Partridge, Ruffed Grouse, Mountain Quail, Western Grebe, eleven hawks (including falcons), Wilson's Phalarope, Great Horned Owl, Great Gray Owl, Short-eared Owl, Common Nighthawk, Vaux's Swift, five woodpecker sp., nine species of flycatchers including Willow and "Western-type" (The distribution of Cordilleran/Pacific -slope in Eastern Oregon is not well understood), Cassin's Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, Horned Lark, swallows, three nuthatches, both bluebirds, 5 species of warbler including Yellow-breasted Chat, seven species of sparrow (including Brewer's), Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Cassin's Finch, Red Crossbill, and Evening Grosbeak.

Crow Creek Road      return to the top

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Location:  Travel east out of Enterprise on Hwy 82.  Go 2.6 miles and turn left (north) on Crow Creek Road.  You can take this road north for 27 miles if you want before it dissolves into branching forest service roads in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Habitat and Birds:  Check out the marshy area near Hwy 82 for winter birds like redpolls, sparrows (American Tree and Harris's), and Gray Partridge.  Look for these species all along this road.  Further up the road keep your eyes peeled for Golden Eagle, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, and Snow Bunting.  Check the Horned Lark Flocks for the occasional longspur.  A Gyrfalcon was located on this road in 2009.

Joseph Sewage Ponds       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-8     DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 D-9   geographic coordinates 45 22’ 24” N   117 13’ 12” W

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Location:  From Joseph, travel north on Main Street and go 0.5 miles from the edge of town.  Turn right (east) on Walker Lane.  Go 0.5 miles to Valley View Road and turn left (north).  Take this road a short distance to the ponds. 

Habitat and Birds:  These very productive sewage ponds have produced the following sightings in years past:  Tundra Swan, Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Redhead, Barrow's Goldeneye, Bald Eagle, Sora, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Bank Swallow, and Red-winged Blackbird.

Joseph      return to the top

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City Information 

Location:  Joseph is seven miles south of Enterprise on Hwy 82. 

Habitat and Birds:  This is a wonderful place to bird in the winter.  Seeing giant flocks of Bohemian Waxwing that can number in the hundreds is pretty thrilling.  Some of the other species recorded within the city limits are Tundra Swan, Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Redhead, Barrow's Goldeneye, Ring-necked Pheasant, Mountain Quail, Bald Eagle, Sora, Wilson's Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Great Gray Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, both kingbirds, swallows, Cedar Waxwing, Lazuli Bunting, and Common Redpoll

Hurricane Creek       return to the top

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Location:  In Enterprise, take S. River Street south and leave town.  Travel about 5.4 miles on Hurricane Creek Road to the creek itself and the campground.  There is a trail that follows the creek to its source.  From Joseph, you can take Wallowa Street west past the fairgrounds and airport and hook up with Hurricane Creek.

Habitat and Birds:  Watch for Bobolinks in summer at the beginning of this road.  Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, three chickadee species, Brown Creeper, Mountain Bluebird, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Evening Grosbeak can all be found further into the forest along this road.

Little Sheep Creek Canyon       return to the top

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Location:  From Joseph, travel 7.5 miles east on Hwy 350 and you will enter the canyon.  Hwy 350 travels north through the canyon for 22 miles to Imnaha.

Habitat and Birds:  Riparian vegetation lines this entire, route and steep canyons are interspersed with sloping grass-laden hillsides.  Gray Catbirds (rare), Black-capped Chickadees, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Vaux's Swift, White-throated Swift, Lazuli Bunting, Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Chukar, Western Kingbird, Black-headed Grosbeak, and American Redstart (rare) can be found here.  Red-eyed Vireo is a possibility and Yellow-breasted Chat are abundant in summer.  Look for Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches in the rocky slopes and watch for redpolls in winter.

Wallowa Lake/ Wallowa Lake State Park       return to the top

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Location:  From Enterprise, take Hwy 82 south to Joseph.  In Joseph, take Main Street south to Hwy 351.  Hwy 351 runs south of Joseph for just one mile to the lake.  Keep on this road to the south end of the lake to find the state park.

Habitat and Birds:   State Park Website    In summer look for forest species like woodpeckers and nuthatches.  Swainson's Thrush, Cassin's Finch, and Red Crossbill all nest near here.  Look for Common Loon on the lake.  Bald Eagles do nest around the lake.  Great Horned Owls nest near the campground. Check the lodge at the lake for hummingbirds.  These feeders have produced Black-chinned, Calliope, Rufous, and even Broad-tailed Hummingbirds (rare).   In winter, look for Barrow's Goldeneye on the lake along with the occasional Common Loon (Yellow-billed Loon has been here).  The fall can bring a drop in water levels and shorebirds are possible at this time.  Sanderling, Parasitic Jaeger, and Sabine's Gull have all been found here.  Some of the other birds seen here include Northern Shoveler, Common Merganser, American White Pelican, Osprey, Spotted Sandpiper, Ring-billed & California Gull, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, three chickadee species, Brown Creeper, Mountain Bluebird, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Evening Grosbeak.  

Wallowa Lake Tramway       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-8      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 E-10   geographic coordinates 45 16’ 28” N   117 12’ 37” W

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Location:  From Enterprise, take Hwy 82 south to Joseph.  In Joseph, take Main Street south to Hwy 351.  Hwy 351 runs south of Joseph for just one mile to the lake.  Keep on this road to the south end of the lake and continue to the end of the road where you will find a parking area for the tram.  The tram takes you to the summit of Mountain Howard which is SE of Wallowa Lake at over 8,000 feet in elevation.  There are several trails at the top and a small restaurant to enjoy an alpine lunch.  The tram is only open mid-May to September.  In 2010, the cost was $24 per adult with a discount for seniors and kids.  Check the website for current prices.

Habitat and Birds  This area has the potential to produce any high-elevation species such as Spruce Grouse, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, or White-winged Crossbill.  The more likely species here include Clark's Nutcracker (gobs of them begging tourists), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Mountain Bluebird, and White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco.  Keep your eyes open for raptors on top.  The occasional Northern Goshawk will feed on flocks of small birds at the summit.

Kinney Lake       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-8      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 E-10   geographic coordinates 45 18’ 54” N   117 06’ 00” W

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Location:  From Joseph, take Hwy 350 (also called Imnaha or Little Sheep Creek Road) east for about 5.4 miles and turn right (south) on Tucker Downs Road.  Take Tucker Downs for 1.5 miles and turn left (east) on Kinney Lake Road.  Take this road one mile to the lake.

Habitat and Birds:  Besides Wallowa Lake and the sewage ponds in Joseph, this is one of the few open water lakes in the area.  On the way to the lake and at the lake, look and listen for Grasshopper Sparrow.  Look for waterfowl, shorebirds, passerines, and Gray Partridge here. (Thanks to Howard Horvath, David Smith and Jamie Simmons for this info).

McCully Creek       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 C-8      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 E-10   geographic coordinates 45 16’ 40” N   117 07’ 53” W

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Location:  Drive east 5.4 miles from Joseph, on Hwy 350. Turn right on Tucker Down Road (County Road 633). Drive south for approximately 4.6 miles, (one mile past the Ferguson Ridge Ski Area turnoff). Turn right on FS Road 3920-012. The trailhead is approximately 0.5 miles.  You can park at the trailhead and access the trail there or you can park down by the gate (don't block the gate) and begin your walk there.  Hike about 0.75 miles and the gravel ends where the trail splits.  Take the left split (Look for an arrow made from small rocks) and hike for as long as you have time.  Watch for cryptically colored grouse along the trail edges and on fallen logs off the trail.  The author has found August to be a good time to find birds here as the chicks are well grown and the adult females make soft contact calls to warn all the kids of approaching danger.

Habitat and Birds: Mixed conifers and high mountain meadows.  This is one of the best locations in the Wallowa Mountains for finding the big three most wanted birds (White-winged Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, Spruce Grouse).  That's not all you can see here though.  Look for Snow Buntings and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches on the way up to the trail (Tucker Down Rd.).  Dusky and Ruffed Grouse are here along with the Spruce Grouse and you have a decent chance of seeing all three.  Keep an eye out for Great Gray Owl in the open areas.  Cassin's Finches and Red Crossbills are here along with Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, and American Three-toed Woodpecker.  If you will be visiting the Joseph area, this is a must see location.  Be careful of snow levels in winter.

Clear Lake Ridge Nature Conservancy Reserve      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 88 C-1      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 88 D-1   geographic coordinates 45 28’ 31” N   116 56’ 22” W

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Location:   Go to  TNC Website for driving directions  

Habitat and Birds:   Welcome to Clear Lake Ridge Nature Conservancy Reserve

Imnaha      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 88 B-1  DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 88 C-1   geographic coordinates   45 33’ 34” N   116˚ 49’ 58” W

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Location:  Imnaha is in NE Wallowa County.  From Joseph, take Hwy 350 north for 29.2 miles to Imnaha.  Imnaha is right on the Imnaha River.

Habitat and Birds:  The tiny berg of Imnaha is located at the confluence of several waterways, so it has the potential to be a bottleneck for migrating passerines.  It also provides a good amount of riparian area surrounded by steep, sage-covered canyons.  Some of the birds you might see here include Common Merganser, Chukar, Spotted Sandpiper, Vaux's Swift, Belted Kingfisher, Lazuli Bunting, Lark Sparrow, a myriad of migrants, and both Canyon and Rock Wrens.  Check out the gardens and ornamental plantings during summer.  You may be able to pick up a Broad-tailed Hummingbird.  The surrounding hills are mostly timbered and can produce Dusky Grouse, Spruce Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Calliope Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, "Western-type" Flycatcher (The distribution of Cordilleran/Pacific -slope in Eastern Oregon is not well understood), Dusky Flycatcher, Gray Jay, Tree Swallow, three nuthatch species, Mountain and Western Bluebirds, both kinglets, Townsend's Warbler, Western  Tanager, Purple Finch, Cassin's Finch, and Red Crossbill to name only a few.  Both Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Peregrine Falcon have been reported from this area in the past.

Zumwalt Prairie Nature Conservancy Preserve       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 88 B-1      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 88 C-1    geographic coordinates 45 33’ 23” N   116 57’ 18” W

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Location:  Zumwalt Prairie Directions

Habitat and Birds:    Zumwalt Prairie is North America's largest remaining grassland of its type.  A list of birds from this location might include the following: Green-winged Teal, Mountain Quail, Cooper's Hawk, American Kestrel, Lewis's Woodpecker, Western & Eastern Kingbirds, Red-eyed Vireo (rare), Clark's Nutcracker, Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren, House Wren, Cedar Waxwing, Western Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Western Meadowlark.

Hat Point      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 88 C-2      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 88 D-2   geographic coordinates 45 26’ 15” N   116 39’ 41” W

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Location:  Hat Point is approximately 56 miles NE of Joseph. From Joseph, take Hwy 350, approximately 33 miles to Imnaha. At the town of Imnaha, take FR 4240 south and then FR 315 to Hat Point which is approximately 23.5 miles to the Hat Point Trailhead. This road is a one-lane gravel road with turnouts, has been resurfaced and is suitable for passenger cars. There is a stock loading ramp, hitch rails, fully accessible restrooms, no camping or water on site. You can usually access the trailhead from July to November, and is an entrance to the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and the Snake River. Northwest Forest Pass required except for day use area. Pay station on site.

Habitat and Birds:The mountain birding is wonderful all along FR 4240.  You could easily spend a whole morning birding your way to Hat Point.  If you don't see a single bird, the view will make the trip worthwhile.  High altitude forests support high altitude birds.  Ruffed, Dusky, and Spruce Grouse can be found here.  Mountain Quail have been seen here as well.  Black-backed and American Three-toed Woodpeckers can be found along with several other woodpecker species (especially Williamson's Sapsucker).  Rarely, White-winged Crossbills and Pine Grosbeaks can be seen in the area along with many more common forest species.

Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area      return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 88 C-2      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 88    Multiple Locations

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Location:  Hell's Canyon Recreation Sites   

Habitat and Birds:  USFS Hell's Canyon Website

Lick Creek Campground Area       return to the top

DeLorme (copyright 2001)  Pg 87 D-8      DeLorme (copyright 2008)  Pg 75 F-10   geographic coordinates  45 08’ 02” N   117 03’ 18” W

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Location:  Lick Creek is approximately 19 miles southeast from Joseph. From Joseph take Hwy 350 (also called Imnaha or Little Sheep Creek Road)  for 7.8 miles, turn right on Forest Road 39 (A.K.A. Wallowa Mountains Loop Road or the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway). Go approximately 16 miles and the campground is on your left after the Lick Creek Crossing.  From this location, you can make several side trips exploring the forest.  Purchase a USFS map of the area and explore at will.  Know that the scenic byway is usually closed by snow from late October through late May or early June and is not passable with motor vehicles. 15 miles past Lick Creek C.G. on Forest Road 39 is Ollokot Campground. There are hummingbird feeders near the host trailer.  Both Rufous and Broad-tailed have been seen here. Look for Spruce Grouse on F.S. Rd 3960 past this campground.

Habitat and Birds:  This area is famous for finding Spruce Grouse.  Be careful since Ruffed Grouse and Dusky Grouse are both present here as well.  Other forest species like Pileated Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, three chickadee species, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Siskin, and Evening Grosbeak are expected.