Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society

Birding Locations: Along the Snake River, Walla Walla and Franklin Counties, Washington

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Ice Harbor Dam, Walla Walla County, Washington
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Coordinates:  46.245757,-118.878422

Ice Harbor Dam is 5.5 miles east of Burbank on Highway 124.  Drive the dirt road above and below the dam.  Gulls, ducks, pelicans, and other water birds gather around the island below the Dam.  Visit the Visitor Center to see the fish viewing room, fish passages, and learn of early inhabitants of the region.  You may also watch barge traffic navigate through the 100 ft. tall locks.  The road over the Dam is closed for security reasons.

For recreation information visit the Corps of Engineers webpages for Ice Harbor Dam and Ice Harbor Visitors Center.

See also Birder's Guide to Washington, Page 505.
 

Charbonneau Park, Walla Walla County, Washington
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Coordinates:  46.254066,-118.846321

Charbonneau Park is on Lake Sacajawea, three miles above Ice Harbor Dam.  This campground, rivershore park is popular with campers, boaters, hunters and fishermen.  Best birding is in winter; bird the trees for migrants and overwintering birds.

For recreation information visit the Corps of Engineers webpage for Charbonneau Park.  



Van Hollebeke Habitat Management Unit (HMU), Walla Walla County, Washington
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Coordinates:  46.368993,-118.685871

As at other habitat management units; trees, shrubs, and riparian habitat offer birding opportunities. Over-wintering sparrows should sought.  See migrant list.

For recreation information visit the Corps of Engineers webpage for Van Hollebeke HMU


Levey Park (Levey Landing), Franklin County, Washington
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Coordinates:   46.279106,-118.837395

Levey Park, administered by the Corps of Engineers, is 10.5 miles east of Pasco on the Pasco/Kahlotus Road.  Located on Lake Sacajawea (which was formed by Ice Harbor Dam), Levey is one of several Parks along the river.  Check for migrants and water birds.


Big Flat Habitat Management Unit (HMU) (Big Flat Recreation Area)
Franklin County, Washington
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Coordinates:  46.294670, -118.806660

Big Flat, a Corps of Engineers HMU, is located just east of Levey Park.  Park and walk the trails.  In winter, look for owls, winter sparrows and shrikes.  Big Flat HMU is a large area where trees, undergrowth, and plantings support a large variety of birds in winter. Sparrows are abundant with Harris' and White-throated on occasion. If plants have a good crop of fruit, look for both waxwings, Varied and Hermit Thrushes. Be aware - this is an active hunting

For recreation information visit the Corps of Engineers webpage for Big Flat HMU.

See also Birder's Guide to Washington, Page 373.


Windust Park
, Franklin County, Washington
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Coordinates:  46.534687,-118.578615

The park has trees as well as riparian areas to search for migrants. Great areas to bird on the way in and out also. In 2007 a Black-and-white Warbler was seen here.   Late Fall has a great variety of sparrows.  

For recreation information visit the Corps of Engineers webpage for Windust Park.

See also Birder's Guide to Washington, Pages 373-4.


Palouse Falls, Franklin County, Washington
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Coordinates:  46.664120, -118.228910

Palouse Falls is most well known for the spectacular natural water feature.  However, walking way out on the peninsula provides some interesting habitat for birders.  A migrant trap, this park also offers great scenery.  Peregrine Falcons are often seen.

See also Birder's Guide to Washington, Pages 375.

For more information about the Park, visit the Washington State Parks website Palouse Falls.

Lyon's Ferry, Franklin County, Washington
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Coordinates: 46.600393,-118.219757

At Lyon's Ferry winter birds can host good finds. Migration can bring many surprises. Although Lyon's Ferry is closed in winter, one can walk in.  Considered a migrant trap, this part offers great migrant birding and wonderful scenery.

See also Birder's Guide to Washington, Pages 375.