Trout Lake Marsh

Trout Lake, Washington

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Nestled near the base of Mt. Adams and just outside the small town of Trout Lake, the 918-acre Trout Lake Marsh is one of the most scenic birding locations in the state. The 12,276-foot volcano reflects in the reed-filled waters near a small parking area while songbirds sing in the Douglas fir and other trees that border the wetland on one shore and in the willow and riparian plants along the east side of the marsh. More than 150 bird species can be seen in and around the marsh, including 50 nesting species. Habitats: Wetland, freshwater marsh, riparian, mixed forest. Specialty birds: Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Shorteared and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird.

Trout Lake Marsh Professional Review and Guide

"Nestled near the base of Mt. Adams and just outside the small town of Trout Lake, the 918-acre Trout Lake Marsh is one of the most scenic birding locations in the state. The 12,276-foot volcano reflects in the reed-filled waters near a small parking area while songbirds sing in the Douglas fir and other trees that border the wetland on one shore and in the willow and riparian plants along the east side of the marsh.

More than 150 bird species can be seen in and around the marsh, including 50 nesting species. Habitats: Wetland, freshwater marsh, riparian, mixed forest. Specialty birds: Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Shorteared and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds; Lewis’s and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s, Gray, Dusky, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Trout Lake
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best spring, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Mount Adams Ranger Station
Driving Directions: Directions to Trout Lake Marsh

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May 2018