Eagle Lake and Honey Lake

Susanville, California

0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
0 Reviews
0 out of 5
Eagle and Honey lakes are unusual— neither one has a natural outlet, although Eagle Lake apparently has some subsurface flow out to the east. The western shore of Eagle Lake lies in pine forest and its eastern shore is in junipers and sagebrush, so it could be said that the lake lies right on the border of the Great Basin. Its waters are fairly alkaline and support a special set of aquatic species, including trophy-size trout. Honey Lake is a region of interior drainage, and in times of prolonged drought it may go completely dry. During February and March as many as 30,000 geese and 20,000 ducks may be on the Honey Lake Wildlife Area. Many of these remain to nest, so certain areas are closed to entry during the nesting season from March 1 to about the middle of May. During hunting season (early October to the middle of January), the gates are open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, which are hunt days, but entry is permitted only with a valid hunting permit. On the other four days of the week during hunting season the gates are closed, but entry is permitted on foot from the parking lots. Specialty birds: Resident—Bald Eagle, Sage Grouse, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Pinyon Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Pygmy Nuthatch, Townsend’s Solitaire. Summer—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Cinnamon Teal; Osprey; Dusky Flycatcher; Rock Wren; Mountain Bluebird; Sage Thrasher; Brewer’s and Sage Sparrows; Yellow-headed Blackbird. Winter—Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon. 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.
Birding Northern California

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Birding Northern California

by John Kemper (Falcon Guides)

Eagle and Honey lakes are unusual— neither one has a natural outlet, although Eagle Lake apparently has some subsurface flow out to the east. The western shore of Eagle Lake lies in pine forest and its eastern shore is in junipers and sagebrush, so it could be said that the lake lies right on the border of the Great Basin. Its waters are fairly alkaline and support a special set of aquatic species, including trophy-size trout. Honey Lake is a region of interior drainage, and in times of prolonged drought it may go completely dry. During February and March as many as 30,000 geese and 20,000 ducks may be on the Honey Lake Wildlife Area. Many of these remain to nest, so certain areas are closed to entry during the nesting season from March 1 to about the middle of May. During hunting season (early October to the middle of January), the gates are open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, which are hunt days, but entry is permitted only with a valid hunting permit. On the other four days of the week during hunting season the gates are closed, but entry is permitted on foot from the parking lots. Specialty birds: Resident—Bald Eagle, Sage Grouse, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Pinyon Jay, Black-billed Magpie, Pygmy Nuthatch, Townsend’s Solitaire. Summer—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Cinnamon Teal; Osprey; Dusky Flycatcher; Rock Wren; Mountain Bluebird; Sage Thrasher; Brewer’s and Sage Sparrows; Yellow-headed Blackbird. Winter—Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon. 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.

©  John Kemper/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Susanville
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April through June for breeding birds; October through March for most gulls; end of July through October for shorebirds.
Local Contacts: Eagle Lake Ranger District, Honey Lake Wildlife Area.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to Eagle Lake and Honey Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

There are no reviews for this trail.

Trail Photos

Activity Feed

May 2018