Lewiston Lake

Lewiston, California

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Lewiston Lake is unusual for a reservoir because its level doesn’t fluctuate. Its purpose is to provide a constant flow of water through the Clear Creek Tunnel, which delivers water to a power house at Whiskeytown Reservoir. As a result, it looks very much like a natural lake with some marshy shores. Specialty birds: Resident—Wood Duck, Bald Eagle, Mountain Quail, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Anna’s Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Steller’s Jay. Summer—Osprey, Cassin’s Vireo. Winter—Hooded Merganser. Other key birds: Resident—Common Merganser, Belted Kingfisher, Common Raven. Summer—Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows; Wilson’s Warbler. Winter—Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common and Barrow’s Goldeneyes. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

Lewiston Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Lewiston Lake is unusual for a reservoir because its level doesn’t fluctuate. Its purpose is to provide a constant flow of water through the Clear Creek Tunnel, which delivers water to a power house at Whiskeytown Reservoir. As a result, it looks very much like a natural lake with some marshy shores. Specialty birds: Resident—Wood Duck, Bald Eagle, Mountain Quail, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Anna’s Hummingbird, Black Phoebe, Steller’s Jay. Summer—Osprey, Cassin’s Vireo. Winter—Hooded Merganser. Other key birds: Resident—Common Merganser, Belted Kingfisher, Common Raven. Summer—Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows; Wilson’s Warbler. Winter—Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common and Barrow’s Goldeneyes. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Lewiston
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April through June for breeding birds; late fall and early winter for wintering waterfowl.
Local Contacts: Weaverville Ranger District.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lewiston Lake

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May 2018