Emigrant Lake

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Location

This reservoir is located a few miles east of Ashland. Take I-5 exit 14 on the east side of Ashland and head east on Ashland Street (this is also Route 66). Go 3.5 miles and watch for the sign to Emigrant Lake. This will take you to the campground and the west shore. To reach the east shore, get back on 66 and travel 3 miles and look for a homemade sign that says Green Springs Spur (stop here and check out the overlook which has a good patch of oak savannah). Take this for just under a half mile and you will reach the east shore.

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Habitat and Birds

Open water, riparian wetlands, grasslands, ceanothusmanzanita shrub, oak savannah, and oak woodland areas are present. Birds here include 3 species of grebe, Great Egret, Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, 13 species of duck, White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Harrier, Merlin, Greater Yellowlegs, peeps, dowitchers, Common Nighthawk, Acorn Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Ash-throated Flycatcher, N. Rough-winged Swallow, Oak Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Wrentit, Orange-crowned Warbler, California Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Brownheaded Cowbird, Bullock’s Oriole, and Lesser Goldfinch. Source: OFO Publication No. 19, Guide to Birds of the Rogue Valley, Massey & Vroman.

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