Olive Lake

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There is no easy way to access this remote lake and summer is the only safe time to attempt a visit here. To find this location from John Day take Hwy 26 east for 28 miles to Hwy 7. Take Hwy 7 for about a mile and turn left on FR 20. Travel 18 miles to just before the town of Galena. Turn right on FR 45. Go 18 miles north on FR 45 to FR 10. Turn right on FR 10 and drive east for 6 miles. Turn right on FR 480 and go a short distance to the lake.


Habitat and Birds

This high mountain lake is just over 6000 feet in elevation. A mixed conifer forest surrounds the lake. Possible species at this location include Common Goldeneye, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Ruffed Grouse, Dusky Grouse, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Goshawk, Spotted Sandpiper, Flammulated Owl, Northern Pygmy Owl, Barred Owl, Boreal Owl (possible but not confirmed), Saw-whet Owl, Vaux’s Swift, Red-naped Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Gray Jay, Steller’s Jay, Tree Swallow, Mt. Chickadee, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Western Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Cassin’s Finch, and Evening Grosbeak.