EAST: Warner Valley & Hart Mountain
Just north of Lakeview turn east on Highway 140 to reach the vast Warner Valley and Hart Mountain areas. The small community of Adel, 33 miles along the route, offers RV camping, fuel and groceries at the general store. Continue north from Adel on CR 3-10 for 18 miles to Plush, where you can picnic in the small town park, and then east on CR 3-12 to reach the Warner Wetlands and Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. From here, you can retrace your route back to Lakeview, or stay overnight at Hart Mountain Campground.
If prepared to travel on unpaved roads, you can make a loop return trip to Lakeview via Lake Abert, by traveling 30 miles north of Plush on Hogback Road (CR 3-10) and then south on Highway 395. Another option is to leave the Birding Trail and continue east from the Antelope Refuge on CR 3-12 to visit Steens Mountain or the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and overnight near the community of Burns.
WEST: Dog Lake & Sprague River
A short half-hour drive west from Lakeview takes you to Fremont-Winema National Forest and two hidden birding spots. Travel west on Highway 140, then south on Andy Hill Road to reach Dog Lake. A quiet lake surrounded by forest, with a campground if you wish to spend the night.
Sprague River Park can be found in the narrow, secluded Sprague River Canyon. Retrace your route from Dog Lake Campground to Highway 140 and turn west, or leave straight from Lakeview. Watch for the sign for Sprague River Park (about 45 miles west of Lakeview) and turn right (north) on FR 012.
Retrace your route back to Lakeview, or continue west on Highway 140 for 50 miles to the city of Klamath Falls and birding sites along the Klamath Basin Birding Trail. The community of Bly, 3 miles west of Sprague River Park, offers food and fuel.
SOUTH: Goose Lake
Goose Lake straddles the Oregon--California state line and is a major stopping point for birds on the Pacific Flyway. Travel south from Lakeview on Highway 395 for 14 miles to the small community of New Pine Creek and turn right to reach Goose Lake State Park. New Pine Creek offers groceries and lodging accommodations (several bed and breakfasts), and there is a campground at the State Park.
The Northern California Basin & Range Birding Trail is being planned for the Alturas and Surprise Valley areas, on the east side of the Warner Mountains. Travel 50 miles south of Lakeview on Highway 395 and turn east on Highway 299 to visit the scenic, small community of Cedarville in Surprise Valley, or stay straight on 395 to reach Alturas. Both Cedarville and Alturas provide fuel, groceries, restaurants, and overnight accommodations.
The Modoc National Wildlife Refuge is located on the south end of Alturas.
NORTH: Abert Lake, Summer Lake & Fort Rock
North of Lakeview, Abert Rim towers above Lake Abert. Stay right on Highway 395 at Valley Falls to drive along the vast lake, then go back to Valley Falls and travel north on Highway 31 to the communities of Paisley, Summer Lake, Silver Lake, and Fort Rock.
Summer Lake Wildlife Area provides an excellent opportunity to see many different bird species. Take advantage of the lodging available in the Summer Lake vicinity to explore sites in this area of the trail. Further north, the State Park at Fort Rock sits at the base of a unique geological site, where in an earlier era, a volcano erupted in a lake, and today the circular rock remnants remain. Nesting species can be seen in the cliffs, and the site offers interpretive signs explaining the history of the area.
The return drive to Lakeview takes about 2 hours. For a change in scenery, take paved FR 28 south at Silver Lake to reach Lakeview through the Fremont-Winema National Forests.