image of a hunting dog retrieving a shot grouse
Southwest Area

Fish Creek Flat Game Bird Trails

May 21, 2020

A nine-mile system of habitat trails offers upland bird hunters opportunities for mountain quail and blue and ruffed grouse.

Game bird hunters now have a network of walking trails to hunt quail and grouse in the Fish Creek Flat area of the Diamond Lake Ranger District, Umpqua National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service partnered with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop more than nine miles of game bird habitat on trails.

The trails have been tilled, fertilized and seeded to create habitat for a variety of wildlife including mountain quail, blue and ruffed grouse. Game bird walking trailheads and parking spots are marked with the Game Bird Stamp Funds sign.

Game Bird Hunting Tips

  • Cool mornings or late afternoons are good times to find birds foraging on vegetation, insects and grit.
  • Check out areas near water, too.
  • Look for signs of gamebird activity such as tracks and dust bath areas.
  • Save a wing and tail from harvested grouse and mountain quail. Use one paper bag per bird. Note the harvest date and general location on the bag and drop it off at an ODFW office or nearest collection site. These samples provide valuable information on the local game bird population.
  • Learn more about hunting upland birds.

map of Fish Creek bird trails

Click here for a printable version of this brochure. 

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