Jordan Valley

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Little Grassy Reservoir

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3 Forks Area Owyhee River Loop

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Dinwitty Lane and Wroten Road

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Batch Lake

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Rome & Owyhee River

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Crooked Creek Wayside

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Bone Creek Canyon (Sheephead Mountains) & Crooked Creek Reservoir

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Bogus Lakes

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Rock House Reservoir

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Burns Junction

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Antelope Reservoir

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Danner Loop Road

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Oregon Canyon Road and Oregon Canyon Mountains

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Whitehorse Road

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Location

Located 100 miles north of the Nevada border, Jordan Valley is on Hwy 95, 63 miles south of Nampa Idaho. It’s 136 miles SE of Burns via Hwys 78 and 95. This is the only place to load up on supplies for many miles so get your gas and food here before you venture out into the wilds of southern Malheur County.

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Habitat and Birds

Like many desert oases, Jordan Valley with its green vegetation can be a welcome stopover for migrants. Check the trees around town for any unusual species or resting migrants. There are quite a few hummingbird feeders in town and they could produce Rufous, Black-chinned, and even Broad-tailed Hummingbirds. Check out Pharmacy Road on the west end of town. About 0.5 miles down Pharmacy Road is a side road that will take you to Pharmacy Hill (climb this hill just a bit and you can view the Sewage Ponds from here). On the north end of town, there is a grove of conifers at the cemetery. Searching these conifers can be productive. Varied Thrush and roosting Great Horned and Barn Owl can be found here. You can head east out of town on Yturri Blvd. and find flooded farm fields. You’ll be in Idaho in less than two miles along this route. Going out of town, you can view the sewage ponds from 95 but pull well off the road as traffic is surprisingly high here. Watch for Eastern Kingbird and Ash-throated Flycatcher here in summer. This might be the best spot for American Crow in the whole county. Watch the trees in migration. A Chestnut-sided Warbler occurred here in 1992. Keep an eye out for Bobolink in late spring and summer. They have nested here before. (Contreras and Kindschy, OFO Publication #8).

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