Summer Lake Wildlife Area was established in 1944, with primary objectives of protecting and improving waterfowl habitat and providing a public hunting area. It is now a popular destination for hunting, wildlife viewing and environmental education due to its geographic setting, the abundance of wildlife present and species diversity.
A parking permit is required to park at this wildlife area. Find out how to buy a parking permit.
Best time to visit: March - April for viewing migrating flocks of waterfowl including brightly plumaged ducks, geese and swans. April - May for viewing migrant shorebirds, other waterbirds and songbirds passing through the area. May – July for breeding waterfowl and shorebirds.
Visiting hours: Open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Restrooms, maps, informational pamphlets, bird checklists and displays are found in the headquarters office lobby.
What to see and do: This is one of the best places in Oregon to view migrating waterfowl shorebirds and other waterbirds. The area consists of a large marsh with associated uplands. An 8.3-mile tour route bisects the area. Dikes and roads closed to motor vehicles afford excellent hiking and viewing opportunities. The tour route is closed during hunting seasons (early October through late January) to provide refuge areas for waterfowl. Viewing is not recommended during hunting seasons. Bird checklists and maps are available at the check station.
Directions: The wildlife area is located in central Lake County along State Highway 31, 100 miles southeast of Bend and 75 miles northwest of Lakeview.
Address and Phone:
Summer Lake Wildlife Area
53447 Hwy. 31
Summer Lake, OR 97640