Plat I Reservoir

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Plat I Reservoir – From I-5 exit 136 in Sutherlin, go east on Central Ave 4.2 miles to Plat I Rd (Douglas County Rd 70); turn right, go 0.6 miles and turn left on unpaved road to reservoir. You can walk to the end of the road where there is a good view of the marshy end of the reservoir and brush habitat. There are other pull-offs along the reservoir off of County Rd 70. If you keep going around the lake you will

come to an extension of the lake on the right side of the road for another chance for waterfowl and shorebirds


Habitat and Birds

Plat I Reservoir – Habitat: open water, marsh on east end, brushy meadows, ranchland, some riparian and a snag patch on the east side. The water level is lowered significantly in the winter.

Birds: Great Egret, Great Blue Heron and a variety of shorebirds feed when the water is low. Bald Eagle, Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, Red-shouldered Hawk and White-tailed Kite can be seen in the stand of dead trees on the other side of the lake; nearby are white nest gourds for Purple Martins. Western Bluebirds, warblers, sparrows, swallows, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail. Best birding: Sept-May