Fireman’s Pond (Lions Lake Park)

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Fireman’s Pond is located on the east side of Redmond between Hwy 126 to the north and SW Veterans Way to the south. Both Hwy 126 and SW Veterans Way connect directly from Hwy 97. The easiest way to locate the ponds is to take Hwy 97 to Redmond. Follow the signs to Prineville (Hwy 126). Travel east on Hwy 126 for 0.4 miles and turn right on SE Lake Road. Travel south for 0.7 miles and turn right into the pond parking area. There is a primitive trail around the lake but much of the bird action centers around the parking area.


Habitat and Birds

This park attracts many ducks and other waterfowl in the winter. People feed the ducks (signs are posted warning not to feed bread) so the birds become habituated to humans and allow close approach. It’s an easy place to get closeup looks at Mallard, American Wigeon, and Canada Goose in winter, spring, or fall. Other winter regulars include American Coot, Common Merganser (the pond is stocked with fish), Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Duck, and Brewer’s Blackbird. Occasionally, more unusual waterfowl will show up there. Eurasian Wigeon, Redhead, and Barrow’s Goldeneye have been noted there on more than one occasion. Summer residents include Cinnamon Teal, Ruddy Duck, Killdeer, Osprey, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and Red-winged Blackbird.