Swanson Lakes

Wilbur, Washington 99185

Swanson Lakes

Swanson Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
2,250 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,250 feet
Top Elevation
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Contacts
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Coulee Dam
Local Maps