Quincy Lakes Wildlife Area Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Rugged geology and a series of lakes and wetlands filled by seepage from nearby irrigation channels make the Quincy Lakes Wildlife Area an interesting stop for bird-watchers. Waterfowl, pelicans, and Great Egret spend their summer months at the wildlife area. In the fall and winter, thousands of waterfowl use the lakes and wetlands—interspersed with basalt outcroppings and pillars—as a stopover on their migration route.
Quincy Lakes is located just east of the Columbia River and southwest of the town of Quincy, in the heart of farm country. The wildlife area covers more than 15,000 acres, and its geology is marked by the clear signs of ancient lava flows that are exposed from the Missoula Floods that swept down the Columbia River during the last ice age. The result is a terrain pockmarked by varied habitats—steep basalt cliffs, ponds, mesas, wetlands, and areas of mature shrub-steppe.
Specialty birds: American White Pelican; Great Egret; Tundra Swan; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Swainson’s Hawk; Peregrine Falcon; Chukar; Sandhill Crane; American Avocet; Blacknecked Stilt; Solitary Sandpiper; Long-billed Curlew; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalaropes; Bonaparte’s Gull; Forster’s Tern; Short-eared and Burrowing Owls; Dusky Flycatcher; Cassin’s Vireo; Sage Thrasher; Sage Sparrow."