Dry Falls and Sun Lakes

Soap Lake, Washington

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Dramatic geology and a wealth of waterfowl await bird-watchers who visit Dry Falls and Sun Lakes State Park. Located in the middle of the state, the site draws birds from around the region, since it is the only water source for miles around the parched portion of eastern Washington. Meanwhile, the cliffs and opportunities to view eagles, swallows, and White-throated Swifts from above at the Dry Falls Interpretive Center make this a unique stop. Habitats: Cliffs, shrub-steppe, wetland, freshwater marsh. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Swainson’s Hawk; Peregrine Falcon; Gyrfalcon; American Avocet; Black-necked Stilt; Long-billed Curlew; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalaropes; Short-eared Owl; Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s Woodpecker; Gray, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird; Sage Thrasher; Sage Sparrow; Gray-crowned Rosy- Finch.

Dry Falls and Sun Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"Dramatic geology and a wealth of waterfowl await bird-watchers who visit Dry Falls and Sun Lakes State Park. Located in the middle of the state, the site draws birds from around the region, since it is the only water source for miles around the parched portion of eastern Washington. Meanwhile, the cliffs and opportunities to view eagles, swallows, and White-throated Swifts from above at the Dry Falls Interpretive Center make this a unique stop.

Habitats: Cliffs, shrub-steppe, wetland, freshwater marsh. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Swainson’s Hawk; Peregrine Falcon; Gyrfalcon; American Avocet; Black-necked Stilt; Long-billed Curlew; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalaropes; Short-eared Owl; Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s Woodpecker; Gray, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird; Sage Thrasher; Sage Sparrow; Gray-crowned Rosy- Finch."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Soap Lake
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best summer and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,300 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Sun Lakes State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Dry Falls and Sun Lakes

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May 2018