Detroit Lake

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Location

Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website. Choose the Cascades Birding Trail. Click on the Trail Guide and choose the Mt Jefferson Loop Guide, Section 35. Detroit Lake is on Hwy 22 about 40 miles east of Salem.  Additional information about the area is on the Oregon State Parks website. Only the south shore of Detroit Lake is in Linn County. The north shore is in Marion County. To access the south side, follow the lake to its eastern end. Turn on Blowout Road (NFD 10). There are many access points along this road and each can be used to scan a different part of the lake.

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Habitat and Birds

This is a mid-elevation mountain lake dominated by conifers on the shorelines. There are some mixed deciduous trees around the lake itself. Occasionally, Clark’s Grebes can be found on this lake. Woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, and thrushes are abundant here. Warblers include Hermit, Townsend’s, and Wilson’s. Look for Black-headed Grosbeak, Pine Siskin, and Evening Grosbeak here.

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