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Bone Creek Canyon (Sheephead Mountains) & Crooked Creek Reservoir

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Danner Loop Road

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Rome & Owyhee River

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Antelope Reservoir

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Whitehorse Road

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Crooked Creek Wayside

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Batch Lake

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Jordan Valley

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Burns Junction

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Bogus Lakes

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Dinwitty Lane and Wroten Road

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Rock House Reservoir

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Little Grassy Reservoir

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Oregon Canyon Road and Oregon Canyon Mountains

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3 Forks Area Owyhee River Loop

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Seasons

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Location

From Jordan Valley, travel west five miles to Danner Road on the north side of 95. Following the signs for Cow Lakes, travel about 10 miles to the lakes. Know that this road is not passable in all conditions. There are some areas that get boggy after extended rains. The roads do not take you close to the lakes so be prepared to hike a bit or scope from long distances. If you plan on driving around the lake, you might consider purchasing a BLM map of the area. On the way back, take a right on Danner Road and follow it back to Hwy 95. This will take you past the grave site of Charbonneau (son of Sacajawea 42.951977, -117.339418) and a house with lots of summer hummingbird feeders.

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Habitat and Birds

Deep lakes surrounded by sage and some grasslands. Some farmland on the way to the lakes. Waterfowl can be abundant and varied in spring and fall. Waders like American Avocet and Black-necked Stilt can be seen on the shorelines while ducks like Bufflehead, both goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Redhead, and Canvasback are present in season. Eared Grebes can be found here in the breeding season as can Western Grebe. American White Pelicans are always possible in summer. Occasionally Snow and Ross’s Geese can be found near the lakes or in the farmland on the way to the lakes. Snowy Egret has been recorded here. Snowy Plover has been found here but breeding records are not known. Black-necked Stilt and American Avocet are known to breed here as are Willet. Rarities include Marbled Godwit, Short-billed Dowitcher, Black Tern, Flammulated Owl (check the willow thickets between late March and late May), (Contreras and Kindschy, OFO Publication #8)

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