Wildlife Viewing in Central Oregon
The landscape of the Deschutes Basin include a wide variety of habitats for fish and wildlife. The Deschutes River supports healthy salmon, steelhead and other fish populations. Wildlife habitats ranging from alpine to semi-arid desert areas provide homes for big game and furbearing species, including elk, deer, antelope, black bear, beaver, mink, otter, and bobcat, and more than 100 species of birds. For more links and information on the wildlife viewing areas of Central Oregon visit The Oregon Explorer Deschutes Basin pages.
Wildlife Viewing in Newberry National Volcanic Monument
The Newberry Caldera area is often overlooked and is an incredible example of unspoiled Oregon beauty. The wildlife viewing and accessible geologic features are protected while visitors can camp, fish, boat, snowmobile, ski, hike. Below are links to various areas in the Monument which provide wildlife viewing:
Spend time at Paulina Lake and East Lake to see bald eagle and osprey that nest nearby. These lakes lure common loon, at least three species of grebe (horned, eared, and western), tundra swan, Eurasian wigeon, American wigeon, ring-necked duck, two kinds of goldeneye (common and Barrow’s), and hooded mergenser. Ring-billed gull, California gull, caspian tern, and belted kingfisher have also been seen.
Scan the shoreline for sora, American avocet, and spotted sandpiper. Drive or hike to the summit of Paulina Peak to watch soaring raptors such as golden eagle, turkey vulture, prairie falcon, and red-tailed hawk. In September, the outlet of Paulina Lake may be choked with kokanee salmon moving to spawn in Paulina Creek.
Featured Wildlife Groups:
- Birds of Prey
- Shore/Wading Birds
- Hoofed Mammals
- Forest – Mtn. Hemlock / Subalpine
- Forest – Lodgepole Pine
- Wetland – Lake
- Wetland – Meadow
- Rock – Outcrop
- Rock – Cliff
- Rock – Talus
Areas for Viewing Wildlife at Newberry National Volcanic Monument – Deschutes NF
Areas for Viewing Scenery at Newberry National Volcanic Monument – Deschutes NF
- Benham East Picnic Area
- Big Obsidian Flow Trailhead and Interpretive Site
- Lava Butte Interpretive Site
- Little Crater Trail
- Lost Lake (South) Trail
- Paulina Falls Trail
- Paulina Peak Observation Site
For additional up to date information on special events and volunteer opportunities, be sure to check out Discover Your Forest. They are the stewards for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests!