Lake Chelan

Chelan, Washington

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Although it is better known as a tourist destination, Lake Chelan and its surrounding areas have a lot to offer bird-watchers. From Bald Eagles fishing off the lakeshore to Red-naped Sapsucker and mountain waterfowl species that can be seen on the south end of the 55-mile-long lake, this is an interesting place to explore in the late spring, summer, and early fall months. Habitats: Riparian, wetland, mixed forest. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Northern Goshawk; Chukar; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Black and Vaux’s Swifts; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Whiteheaded, Lewis’s, Black-backed, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing.
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Birding Washington

by Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff (Falcon Guides)

Although it is better known as a tourist destination, Lake Chelan and its surrounding areas have a lot to offer bird-watchers. From Bald Eagles fishing off the lakeshore to Red-naped Sapsucker and mountain waterfowl species that can be seen on the south end of the 55-mile-long lake, this is an interesting place to explore in the late spring, summer, and early fall months.

Habitats: Riparian, wetland, mixed forest. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Northern Goshawk; Chukar; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Black and Vaux’s Swifts; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Whiteheaded, Lewis’s, Black-backed, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing.

©  Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Chelan
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best spring, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,130 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Lake Chelan State Park
Topo Map: Lake Chelan Topographic Map
Guide Book: Birding Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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