Cameron Lake Loop

Omak, Washington

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A high plateau pockmarked with small lakes and seasonal wetlands is what greets bird-watchers who explore the natural world along Cameron Lake Road, on the border between the central and northeastern regions of the state. Spring and fall migrants make the Cameron Lake loop popular for viewing shorebirds and Sandhill Cranes during migration, and the high-elevation and snow-covered plateau make the area popular for winter birding, with the chance to see raptors that feast on roving flocks of Horned Lark, Snow Bunting, and Lapland Longspur that feed here. Throw in the nesting waterfowl and the chance to see Gray and Dusky Flycatchers along the route during the summer and it is easy to see why the area is a gem for birders. Habitats: Shrub-steppe, prairie, mixed-coniferous forest, cliffs, wetland, freshwater marsh. Specialty birds: Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Swainson’s Hawk; Gyrfalcon; Sandhill Crane; American Avocet; Solitary Sandpiper; Long-billed Curlew; Baird’s Sandpiper; Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalaropes; Vaux’s Swift; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Sage Thasher; Bohemian Waxwing; Common Redpoll.

Cameron Lake Loop Professional Review and Guide

"A high plateau pockmarked with small lakes and seasonal wetlands is what greets bird-watchers who explore the natural world along Cameron Lake Road, on the border between the central and northeastern regions of the state. Spring and fall migrants make the Cameron Lake loop popular for viewing shorebirds and Sandhill Cranes during migration, and the high-elevation and snow-covered plateau make the area popular for winter birding, with the chance to see raptors that feast on roving flocks of Horned Lark, Snow Bunting, and Lapland Longspur that feed here. Throw in the nesting waterfowl and the chance to see Gray and Dusky Flycatchers along the route during the summer and it is easy to see why the area is a gem for birders.

Habitats: Shrub-steppe, prairie, mixed-coniferous forest, cliffs, wetland, freshwater marsh. Specialty birds: Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Swainson’s Hawk; Gyrfalcon; Sandhill Crane; American Avocet; Solitary Sandpiper; Long-billed Curlew; Baird’s Sandpiper; Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalaropes; Vaux’s Swift; Black-chinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Sage Thasher; Bohemian Waxwing; Common Redpoll."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Omak
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,700 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Cameron Lake Loop

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May 2018