Fern Ridge Reservoir – Fisher Butte Unit

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Seasons

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Location

Visitors should use extra caution in this area and not leave valuables in their vehicles. Be sure to read the signs at each area you visit to check for access restrictions, especially during hunting season.

Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  http://www.oregonbirdingtrails.org/ Choose the Willamette Valley Birding Trail. Click on the “trail guide” and choose the Fern Ridge Loop Guide. Section F-8. From Eugene go west on W. 11th Avenue (Hwy 126) and turn north into a parking lot approximately 0.25 mile west of the Fisher Road intersection.

Map of the dikes: https://oregonbirding.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/fernridge-map.pdf

Parking passes are required at this parking lot.

Directions

Habitat and Birds

In winter, species such as Swamp Sparrow and Clay-colored Sparrow have been found in the hedgerow along the gravel path that extends north as well as along the base of Fisher Butte itself, approximately 0.25 mile north of the parking lot. Wilson’s Snipe frequently uses this area, especially in the off-limits wet meadow along the east side of the road when walking north toward Fisher Butte. Walking the dikes in this area can be productive for shorebirds and waterfowl when sufficient water is available. Yellow-headed Blackbird, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, and Purple Martin may be found here during breeding season. Continuing north along the dike trails will provide access to the Royal Avenue area.

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