Snake River Road/Brownlee Reservoir

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Snake River Road to Richland

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Brownlee Reservoir & Hewitt Memorial Park

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Farewell Bend State Recreational Area

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Location

Take 1st Street out of Richland south for .75 miles and the road will take a right angle turn to the right. Follow this turn and stay on this road for a short distance until it takes another right angle turn and heads south. Take this road (still 1st St.) south until it crosses the Powder River. At the bridge, reset your odometer and travel south and then east for 2 miles. The road (still 1st St.) then turns south for 5 miles as it makes its way to the reservoir. The road changes names to Snake River Road just before it reaches the reservoir (1st St. turns and goes north). If you are inclined to do so, you can drive south for 30 miles along the river to Huntington in Southern Baker County.

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Habitat and Birds

Like the other roads that follow the Snake River, extreme canyons are bordered by open water. Birds you might expect to see along this stretch would include Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan, Eurasian Wigeon, a dozen other duck species, Chukar, Gray Partridge, Ruffed Grouse, Dusky Grouse, Wild Turkey, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Egret, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Spotted Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, California Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Western Screech-Owl, Great-horned Owl, Long-eared Owl, Common Nighthawk, Vaux’s and White-throated Swift, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Say’s Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Red-eyed Vireo, Horned Lark, swallows, House Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Sage Thrasher, Mountain Bluebird, migrating warblers, Lazuli Bunting, and Bullock’s Oriole.

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