Birdwatching & Wildlife Viewing

Bird Watching

Okanogan Country is part of the North American Pacific Flyway for migrating birds making bird watching opportunities for song birds, game birds, water birds and raptors legion.

 
Birders of all levels from novices to the professional can find a truly delightful experience in Okanogan Country. We have a wide diversity in landscape and climate that attracts birds to our area. Our numerous lakes and rivers attract waterfowl and shorebirds. The high deserts and alpine meadows attract a variety of songbirds and upland birds. So whatever type of birding you like, Okanogan Country has it for you. With hundreds of species of indigenous and migratory birds, bird watching can be very rewarding.

Methow Valley Region

The upper Methow is the winter home of a large population of bald eagles that can be seen in the trees and soaring overhead. Visit the wetlands in Elbow Coulee for a variety of waterfowl, take part in the annual Methow Valley Christmas Bird Count (509-996-3872 for information and dates) or Chelan Ridge Raptor Migration Project (509-996-4000 for details).

Chelan Ridge
Raptors, migratory birds. Copper Mountain (take Black Canyon Rd off Hwy 153 north of Pateros.)

MVSTA Suspension Bridge

From Hwy 20 at milepost 184.9, turn north onto Goat Creek Dr. 3.7 miles l www.MVSTA.com

Sun Mountain Lodge

Winthrop l 996-2211 l (800) 572-0493 | www.sunmountainlodge.com


Heart of the Okanogan

Quail, water fowl, osprey, turkey buzzards, wild turkey, and bald eagles in winter can all be found in the Heart of the Okanogan.

North Okanogan Region

Wild turkey and quail are often seen. Usually there are eagles and hawks overhead. The Scotch Creek and Sinlahekin Wildlife Refuges offer bountiful bird watching opportunities. Some rare species of migratory birds have been seen passing through.

Osprey nests are found at Curlew Lake State Park and Driscoll Island Bird sanctuary near Oroville is popular birding site. Many area outfitters offer bird watching tours.

Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife has a great online Wildlife Viewing Guide to look at before heading out.

Columbia River Region

You can see many eagles fishing along the Methow and Columbia Waterways. This area is also part of the North American Flyway for migrating birds. Bird watching opportunities here for song birds, game birds, water birds and raptors are legion!

Audubon Washington

Great Washington State Birding Trail

 

Wildlife Viewing

Okanogan Country is a wildlife-watcher's paradise! We are home to Washington's largest mule deer population along with a mind boggling variety of critters from butterflies to bears.


North Central Washington’s glacier carved slopes, river valleys, and thousands of acres of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests is a wildlife watchers paradise. Natural habitats such as boreal forests, alpine grasslands, and shrub-steppes create an eco-region favored by a diverse wildlife population in Okanogan Country

Methow Valley Region

You can get up-close and personal with some of the wildlife. Mule deer abound in the Methow Valley – in fact some residents consider them a pest! They can be found walking right through town, especially in the winter. You may see a bear ambling through the trees in late summer berry season, or catch a glimpse of the wild turkeys, whistling marmots, bobcats, squirrels, rabbits, and raccoons that inhabit the area. There is a healthy cougar population, but these shy, elusive cats are rarely seen. Boreal species like snowshoe hares and northern flying squirrels share the eco-region with Great Basin species like pallid bats and burrowing owls. The Pasayten Wilderness is home to several species of large herbivores, such as moose, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep. Migratory carnivores roam the Pasayten Wilderness, although small populations and a dwindling gene pool raise conservation concerns for the grizzly bears, wolves, wolverines, lynx, and cougar populations. Be sure to pack binoculars to view animals from a safe distance and a field guide to identify animal tracks.

Heart of the Okanogan

Deer, quail, water fowl, coyotes, snakes, osprey, turkey buzzards, wild turkey, bear, and bald eagles in winter can all be found in the Heart of the Okanogan. You may get lucky and see the occasional moose or elk in higher elevations. Rattlesnakes do live here, but they are not a problem if you watch where you step while hiking.

Scotch Creek Wildlife Area
10 miles west of Omak and Okanogan on Conconully Highway, 9,067 acres. Sharptailed grouse, mule and white-tailed deer, ruffed and blue grouse, pheasants, quail, chukar, and Hungarian partridge, along with a full complement of non-game species.

Sinlahekin Wildlife Area
5 miles S of Loomis or 4.5 miles NE of Conconully, 14,000 acres l wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_ areas/sinlahekin

Tunk Creek Wildlife Area
12 NE of Omak. This 1,080 acre area with sharp-tailed grouse, mule deer, ruffed grouse, quail, and gray partridge as well as many non-game species. Deer hunting is very popular in the area, and wildlife viewing opportunities also exist.

North Okanogan Region

Many Lakes abounds with deer, coyotes, yellowbellied and whistling marmots, wild turkey and quail . Elk can be found along the Sinlahekin and the occasional moose in the Palmer Lake and Conconully areas. The Loomis Natural Resources Conservation Area has over 24,000 acres of protected wildlife habitat. There are rare sightings of bear, cougar, and bobcat and if you’re truly lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a lynx. The Scotch Creek and Sinlahekin Wildlife Refuges offer bountiful wildlife.

Columbia River Region

The Columbia River Region is home to a wide assortment of amphibians and reptiles such as western rattlesnakes, painted turtles, and Great Basin spade foot toads. Elk, deer, bear, moose, badgers and whistling marmots can all be found in the Columbia River Region. You can watch beaver swim in the river at Pateros as well as see many eagles fishing along the Methow and Columbia Waterways.

Elk, deer, bear, moose, badgers and whistling marmots can all be found in the Columbia River Region. You can watch beaver swim in the river at Pateros as well as see many eagles fishing along the Methow and Columbia Waterways.

Alta Lake State Park
From Hwy 153 at milepost 1.5, turn west onto Alta Lake Rd; drive 2.2 miles to parking.

Grand Coulee Bald eagle viewing & festivals


Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Bald eagle, bear, elk, bobcat, raptors, waterfowl.

Rufus Woods Lake

51 miles long above Chief Joseph Dam; wildlife viewing and birdwatching.

 

Other Attractions:


Curlew Lake State Park

Osprey nests & wildlife

Driscoll Island Bird sanctuary
Beaver, muskrats, near Oroville.

Sidley Lake near Molson
Large public access.

 



Alta Lake State Park

Description: A 181 acre camping park where the mountainous pine forests meet the desert. Alta Lake is about 2 miles long and offers good trout fishing during summer months. State park, public access, fishing, swimming, boating, water recreation.

Address: Alta Lake Rd, Pateros, WA 98846
Phone: 509 923-2473
Website: http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Alta%20Lake

Bridgeport State Park

Description: A 748 acre camping park with 7,500 ft of freshwater shoreline on Rufus Woods Lake. Set directly behind Chief Joseph Dam, this lake is a segment of the Columbia River. The park provides 18 acres of lawn and some shade in the midst of a desert terrain. "Haystacks", volcanic formations resembling their name, are the park's most striking feature. Boat launch, fishing, camping, golf course nearby, swimming.

, Bridgeport, WA 98813
Phone: 888-226-7688
Website: http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Bridgeport

Canaan Guest Ranch

Description: Canaan Guest Ranch is located between the towns of Tonasket and Republic. In an area called Aeneas Valley. Canaan Ranch sits at an elevation of 3500 ft., covers 500 acres. Come and visit, enjoy the beauty of the mountains and share our life style. Wildlife viewing and birding is at its best at Canaan Ranch deer, eagles, wild turkeys, coyotes, and bobcats are frequent visitors. Enjoy the many activities on the ranch including horseback riding, hay-rides, barn dances, hiking back-packing, snowmobile access to snow park and 1000s of acres to ride in the adjoining Okanogan National Forest, 500 separate acres for cross country skiing. A perfect place to get away from it all, Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall!

Address: 474 Cape Labelle Rd, Tonasket, WA 98855
Phone: 866-295-4217
Website: http://canaanguestranch.com

Conconully State Park

Description: Conconully State Park is an 81-acre camping park with 5,400 feet of freshwater shoreline in north central Washington. Established as the oldest Bureau of Reclamation irrigation project in this part of the country, the park dates back to 1910. State Parks assumed administration in 1945. Boat ramps, fishing, horseshoe pits, mountain biking, wildlife viewing.

Phone: 888-226-7688
Website: http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=conconully

Curlew State Park

Description: 123-acre camping park, 8 miles from the Stone Rose public fossil dig and the charming goldrush town of Republic. “The Lew” is one of the most relaxing campgrounds in Washington, a great destination for a quiet day-trip or overnight adventure.

Phone: 888-226-7688
Website: http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Curlew%20Lake

Eden Valley Guest Ranch

Description: A great place to relax and recreate. Rent a deluxe cabin for a beautiful, comfortable, and affordable stay in Eden Valley. A great place for an enjoyable vacation with family and friends. Wireless internet at every cabin allows you to stay in touch with home and the workplace. Catering services are available making Eden Valley an excellent location for small to medium size group functions such as retreats, reunions, workshops, meetings and seminars. Enjoy our trails for hiking or horseback riding. Bring your horse and dog, they are both welcome. The wide variety of wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife provide excellent opportunities for birding and wildlife viewing! Experience the Highland Historic Loop, the Molson museums, the charming old church in Havillah, and numerous other ghost towns, historic sites and museums.

Address: 31 Eden Valley Lane, Oroville, WA 98844
Phone: 509-485-4002
Email: info@edenvalleyranch.net
Website: http://www.edenvalleyranch.net

K Diamond K Guest Ranch

Description: Experience the life of a cowboy riding scenic trails, panning for gold, relaxing at a campfire. Lodge accommodations, family meals, open year round for guests, seasonal activities. Singles, couples, family vacations. Barbecues, campfires, hayrides - for class reunions, family get togethers, tour buses. Hwy 21 - 4 miles south of Republic between mileposts 156 & 157. Family owned and operated since 1961.

Address: 15661 Hwy. 21 South, Republic, WA 99166
Phone: 509-775-3511
Email: kdiamondk@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.kdiamondk.com

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Description: 27 public campgrounds and boat-in-only campgrounds. Facilities vary in each. Some campgrounds have individual sites, as well as large groupsites that can be reserved. Individual sites have a fire ring, picnic table and paved parking pads that are either pull-through or back-in pads. Campgrounds have sites that will fit most large RVs. There are no hook-ups in any of the campgrounds

Address: 1008 Crest Drive, Coulee Dam, WA 99116
Phone: 509-633-9441 x.130
Website: http://www.nps.gov/laro/index.htm

North Cascades Lodge

Address: 255 Lost River Road, Mazama, WA 98833
Phone: 509-996-2334
Website: http://www.northcascadesbasecamp.com

Okanogan National Forests

Description: The Okanogan National Forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities for the adventurer. With over 800 miles of wilderness trails to explore by foot or horse you could spend weeks just enjoying the back country. There are also barrier free trails for individuals with disabilites. Motorbike, mt. bike, snowmobile, and other recreational vehicles also have opportunities tojoin the fun.

Address: 1 W Winesap, Tonasket, WA 98855
Phone: 509-486-2186
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan

Sonora Point Resort

Description: Sonora Point Resort is a waterfront RV campground situated on beautiful Spectacle Lake located near Tonasket. The lake is excellent for both fishing and watersports and we have 33 full service RV sites and 16 power & water only sites. There are washrooms with showers, an office and store, docks and we offer free Wi-Fi. Come see us at Sonora Point Resort.

Address: 761 Loomis Oroville Highway, Tonasket, WA 98855
Phone: (509) 223-3700
Email: info@sonorapointresort.com
Website: http://www.sonorapointresort.com

Spectacle Lake Resort

Description: Amenities for all our guests include heated pool, docks, horseshoe pits, volleyball, play area, swings, sandbox, boat launch, boat & motor rentals, recreation room, exercise room and cookout shelters.

Address: 10 McCammon Road, Tonasket, WA 98855
Phone: 509-223-3433
Email: spectaclelake@okcom.org
Website: http://www.spectaclelakeresort.com

Steamboat Rock State Park

Description: Steamboat Rock State Park is a 3,522-acre camping park with 50,000 feet of freshwater shoreline at the north end of Banks Lake. Dominating the landscape is basaltic rock with a surface area of 600 acres. 2 campground areas and a large day-use area are on sweeping green lawns, protected from winds by tall dramatic poplars. The surrounding areas are carpeted with wildflowers, adding to the gray-green brush of the Scablands. A sandy swimming area and boat launches make the area a favorite for visitors who enjoy water-play and want respite from the hot, summer sun.

Address: 51052 Highway 155, Electric City, WA 99123
Phone: 888-226-7688
Website: http://www.parks.wa.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Steamboat-Rock-State-Park-144

Sun Cove Resort

Description: This is a great place for a stay. Family friendly and very helpful owners. You can fish from their boats or right from the bank. The resort features RV parking sites (with our without hookups), campsites, one-bedroom cabins, and family cabins rented by the week. The back deck of the resort features a recognized bird sanctuary filled with birdhouses and wildlife and there are many hiking trails that allow the guests to experience additional wildlife surrounding the resort.

Address: 93 E Wannacut Lane, Oroville, WA 98844
Phone: 509-476-2223
Email: suncove@nvinet.com
Website: http://thesuncoveresort.com

Sun Mountain Lodge

Description: A year-round destination resort, Sun Mountain Lodge in Washington State's beautiful Methow Valley offers the outdoor enthusiast a unique playground and luxurious lodging.

Address: PO Box 1000, Winthrop, WA 98862
Phone: 509-996-2211
Phone Alt.: 800-572-0493
Email: smtnsale@sunmountainlodge.com
Website: http://www.sunmountainlodge.com
 

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