Love Reservoir

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Love Reservoir is located about five miles south of Farewell Bend State Recreational Area. From I-84 (this is about 21 miles north of Ontario and about 52 miles south of Baker City) take exit 356. If you are coming from the north on I-84 Southbound, look for Love Reservoir Road while still on the off-ramp of the freeway (44.260546, -117.183362). This dirt road travels west from the off-ramp and can be fairly rough. It’s not recommended that you use this road if it has rained or snowed recently. If coming from the south on I-84 North, you will have to take a different route. The easiest thing to do is to go to the next exit north (exit 353 is only three miles north) and get on I-84 southbound. Then follow the previous directions. Once you get on Love Reservoir Road, follow the signs to the reservoir. If you don’t see signs, just keep right at every branch in the road and you will come to Love Reservoir. It’s about five miles from the freeway.


Habitat and Birds

Love Reservoir’s proximity to the Snake River makes it a natural magnet for migrants. Its flat sage land is attractive to breeding Long-billed Curlew and just about any form of water bird could be found here. Few make it out here during shorebird season but it’s likely that some unusual species could be found if more people visited here.