Suttle Lake

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From Sisters, drive west on Hwy 20/126 for 13.2 miles.

Amenities: Birding! Car camping, hiking, picnicking and photography. The campsites have restrooms. Suttle Lake is a resort area and has a small restaurant, boating, cabins for rent, etc. There is a nice hiking trail that goes around Suttle Lake.

(This area is in the Santiam Christmas Bird Count Circle)

Suttle Lake Lodge Website (A “Must See Location”)

Suttle Lake Information


Habitat and Birds

Large Lake surrounded by forest. Key Species: Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Common Goldeneye, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Black-backed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Canada Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pacific Wren, American Dipper, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Hermit Warbler and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

Exceptional Species: Pacific Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Clark’s Grebe, Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Herring Gull, Sabine’s Gull, Black- headed Gull, and Northern Waterthrush.