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Summer Lake

Summer Lake is a large closed-basin playa in south-central Oregon.

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Summer Lake is a large closed-basin playa in south-central Oregon.

Location: In south-central Oregon along Highway 31, west-central Lake County.

Description: Summer Lake is a classic closed-basin playa; however, it is unusually supplied by the spring-fed Ana River. The north end of the lake includes extensive impounded wetlands, while the southern playa offers extensive mudflats in late summer when water is present.

Ornithological Highlights: Summer Lake WMA, managed by ODFW, hosts thousands of wintering and migrating waterfowl. Summer Lake is an important area for Snowy Plover, hosting a significant percentage of Oregon's inland population. During fall migration, in years when water is present on the playa, incredible numbers of American Avocet, ranging from 30,000-50,000, gather on Summer Lake's mudflats. This is one of the few regional locations where Black-Crowned Night-Herons breed and roost.

For more information on Summer Lake, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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Location: In south-central Oregon along Highway 31, west-central Lake County.

Description: Summer Lake is a classic closed-basin playa; however, it is unusually supplied by the spring-fed Ana River. The north end of the lake includes extensive impounded wetlands, while the southern playa offers extensive mudflats in late summer when water is present.

Ornithological Highlights: Summer Lake WMA, managed by ODFW, hosts thousands of wintering and migrating waterfowl. Summer Lake is an important area for Snowy Plover, hosting a significant percentage of Oregon's inland population. During fall migration, in years when water is present on the playa, incredible numbers of American Avocet, ranging from 30,000-50,000, gather on Summer Lake's mudflats. This is one of the few regional locations where Black-Crowned Night-Herons breed and roost.

For more information on Summer Lake, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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