Swanson Lakes

Wilbur, Washington

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The Swanson Lake Wildlife Area is a magical desert oasis. Between gorgeous expanses of sageland, you’ll find fantastic pools of water, sparkling like gems on the desert floor. These jewels not only reflect the glorious beauty surrounding them, but they also draw in another type of beauty: a bounty of wildlife. The bright lakes are made all the more picturesque thanks to the brilliantly colored plumage of the ducks, geese, and shorebirds that occupy the lakes basin. Deer, coyotes, badgers, rabbits, and other small mammals patrol the desert around the lakes. Wildflowers turn the fertile, moist soils around the lakes and seeps into fragrant displays of color each spring.
Best Desert Hikes Washington

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Best Desert Hikes Washington

by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

The Swanson Lake Wildlife Area is a magical desert oasis. Between gorgeous expanses of sageland, you’ll find fantastic pools of water, sparkling like gems on the desert floor. These jewels not only reflect the glorious beauty surrounding them, but they also draw in another type of beauty: a bounty of wildlife.

The bright lakes are made all the more picturesque thanks to the brilliantly colored plumage of the ducks, geese, and shorebirds that occupy the lakes basin. Deer, coyotes, badgers, rabbits, and other small mammals patrol the desert around the lakes. Wildflowers turn the fertile, moist soils around the lakes and seeps into fragrant displays of color each spring.

©  Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wilbur
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 2,250 feet
Top Elevation: 2,250 feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Coulee Dam
Driving Directions: Directions to Swanson Lakes

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May 2018