The ODFW Visitors' Guide
High Desert Region
Photo by Robert Mutch
Photos | Summer Lake Wildlife Area Management Plan (pdf)
Best time to visit: March - April for viewing migrating flocks of waterfowl including plumaged ducks, geese and swans. April - May for viewing migrant waterbirds and songbirds passing through the area.
Parking permit: Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, a parking permit will be required at Summer Lake Wildlife Area. Permits can be purchased at ODFW License vendors, at ODFW offices that sell licenses and online at ODFW’s website.
What to see and do
At the wildlife area: This is one of the best places in Oregon to view migrating waterfowl and other shore and waterbirds. The area consists of a large marsh with associated uplands. An 8.3-mile tour route bisects the area. The route is closed during hunting seasons (early October through late January) to provide refuge areas for waterfowl. Viewing is not recommended during hunting seasons. Bird checklists and maps are available at the check station.
Nearby: Fort Rock State Natural Area, about 35 miles north, offers picnicking, wildlife viewing, rock formations and a hiking trail.
Address and Phone
Summer Lake Wildlife Area
53447 Hwy. 31
Summer Lake, OR 97640
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