Shoalwater Bay at Eagle Ridge
Wildlife Viewing in wetlands on Klamath Lake in Klamath County, Oregon

a great blue heron taking flight at eagle ridge in klamath county, on klamath lake in the valley between doak mountain and the cascade mountains of oregon. not far from crater lake located in the klamath basin, number one for birding in the west.

Great Blue Heron taking flight at Eagle Ridge in Klamath Basin

Although Eagle Ridge is included as one of the sites near Crater Lake, it's not close as are all the others. It's approximately 95 miles south and west of Crater Lake, but certainly within the area and well woth visiting no matter the degree of your interest in birding.

Eagle Ridge is a Klamath County Park in the valley east of Klamath Falls, Oregon between Doak Mountain and the Cascade Mountains. The wetland is part of Klamath Lake, and Brad and I agree it is one of the most beautiful, offering magnificent vistas of wildlife, mountains and lake. The park offers a boat launch, unimproved campsites and vault toilets in 3 different places on the route. The dirt road is maintained until the boat launch. After that it deteriorates even though there is a small picnic area when the road comes to an end at the end of the point. This picnic area offers one picnic table and a stairway leading up the hill to a much better parking area. There once were outhouses up here, but they were destroyed by vandals. Though the "toilets" are gone, the remains remain. :-) This parking area is at the end of a better maintained road. So if you thought you want to explore at the end of the point, you might want to take the better road, park in the parking area, and walk down the stairway.

Klamath Basin is the heart of the Pacific Flyway. It sustains over 430 species of resident and migratory birds, including bald eagles, sandhill cranes and pelicans. The southern half of Klamath Lake, which is where these photographs were taken, supports Bald Eagles year round.

Wildlife viewing at Shoalwater Bay, Eagle Ridge in Klamath Lake

Shoalwater Bay: The Wetlands at Eagle Ridge page 1 and page 2. Page 1 includes specific directions to Eagle Ridge. Egrets floating in Klamath Lake, page 3, includes a summary of the of the habitat and wildlife sustained at Eagle Ridge and Shoalwater Bay.

Mt McLoughlin towering above Klamath Lake photographed from the wetlands at Eagle Ridge, page 4.

The Mountain Lakes caldera viewed from Eagle Ridge at Shoalwater Bay on Klamath Lake in Oregon, page 5.

The Majestic Pelican swimming, page 6, taking wing, page 7, from a rock alongside the banks and flying: page 8 and page 9.

The Mighty Bald Eagle perched atop a tree, page 10. The pine forest on the eastern boundary of Shoalwater Bay sustains 12 nesting sites of Bald Eagles.

Cormorants lined up, following one by one in a row, page 11.

Egrets in the shallows along the banks of Klamath Lake, page 12. Large numbers of egrets visit at the Klamath Basin birding trails during August and September.

Klamath Basin in the Pacific Flyway, a birder's paradise

Easily accessible and quite marvelous birding sites: The Upper and Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuges, Tulelake Wildlife Refuge, Wood River Wetlands on Agency Lake, Howards Bay and Shoalwater Bay - Eagle Ridge on Klamath Lake.

There are more! Check them out: Birding Trails in Klamath Basin and the Pacific Flyway.

Preserve Natural Beauty: wildlife refuges, our national forests and wilderness
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traveling, hiking or camping in the forest.

wetlands in klamath basin: lower and upper klamath wildlife refuges, tulelake, wood river wetlands, eagle ridge park in klamath county.

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Park, page 2.

USFS: Fremont Winema National Forest in Oregon.

Birding in Klamath Basin in the Pacific Flyway: Birders' Trails in the wildlife refuges and wetlands, canoeing in Klamath Wildlife Refuges and the Wood River Wetlands.

Introduction to Crater Lake National Park, Directions, Map and Scenery.

Mt McLoughlin overlooks Klamath Lake at Shoalwater Bay and Eagle Ridge Park, pictured to the left.

Travel Oregon and northern California while staying at Gathering Light ... a retreat
located in southern Oregon near Crater Lake National Park.

stay at gathering light retreat and enjoy birding trails in the klamath basin, the fremont winema national forest, national wildlife refuges, 
 in southern oregon not far from crater lake national park.

Travel on Oregon Hwy 140, from Ashland - Medford, Oregon to Gathering Light ... a retreat: Directions, Map & Scenery: mountain lakes, sky lakes wilderness, lava flows, hiking trails in the Sky Lakes and Mountain Lakes wilderness areas of the Fremont Winema National Forest; Crater Lake National Park nearby, and more.

Directions to and Day Trips in Oregon and California of about 100 miles from the retreat.

Little known Scenic Places to explore: hiking and birding trails, wildlife refuges, wetlands, mountains, river gorges, wilderness areas and more near Crater Lake National Park and the retreat: Directions Map and Scenery.

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Cabin 5, nestled in the forest at Gathering Light Retreat, pictured above. Gathering Light is not far from Crater Lake National Park.