CAUTION: DO NOT DRIVE THIS ROAD DURING OR AFTER RAIN. THE MUD WILL EAT YOU!!
From the corner of Hwy 97and B St. in Madras, head east. This road will eventually become the Ashwood Road and will turn to gravel after the prison (You can make a nice detour south at the prison entrance to an area of nice springs but the road is not great). From the prison entrance, go east for 6.4 miles to a junction at the Hay Creek Ranch. Turn left (east) and go 4.3 miles to the reservoir. This is a private reservoir so please bird from the road. The marshy area below the dam is off limits but you can hear Sora and other marsh residents from the road. If you want an adventure, you can continue north along this road 11.7 miles to Ashwood where you can take a paved road back to Hwy 97. The birding along this Ashwood Road can be pro- ductive but know that you are entering a very remote region of the county.Directions
Habitat and Birds
This road weaves through grassland, juniper and sage as well as some farmland. Savannah, Brewer’s. Lark, and Vesper Sparrows. The reservoir is one of the largest bodies of water in the county and can be good for fall and spring waterfowl.