Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway


Day Hike - Coulee Corridor Birding Trail

Love birds? Grab your camera and join us on this 3-day road trip along the birding trail where we could see migrating sandhill cranes, raptors, and hundreds of other birds. Photographers of all skills welcome!

  • Casual

6:45 AM at Green Lake Park & Ride (65th & 5th) at the north-most end of the parking lot.

Be sure to bring your camping gear as we will be camping at both Potholes State Park and Sun Lakes State Park. Sites are first come, first served at this time of year, but there wasn't any problem getting a site in March the last time I organized this trip.

A super telephoto lens is recommended for this trip. You can rent one fairly cheaply at or

Day 1 - Friday, March 27

  • Leave Seattle at 7am
  • Look for burrowing owls across from 646 S. Booke Rd (Nau Farms)
  • Explore Royal Lake Overlook, and Drumheller Overlook
  • Car Camp at Potholes State Park

Day 2 – Saturday, March 28

  • Leave camp at 7am
  • Explore O’Sullivan Dam, Desert Wildlife Areas, Birder’s Corner, Beda Lake, Dodson Road/Winchester Wasteway, Potholes Reservoir Peninsula, North Potholes Reserve, Moses Lake area
  • Car Camp at Sun Lakes State Park

Day 3 – Sunday, March 29

  • Leave camp at 7am
  • Explore Jameson Lake area, Eastern Douglas County, Dry Fall Area, Blue Lake Rest Area & Lake Lenore
  • Head Home

We will be using this birding map to drive to our locations the first two days and this birding map for the drive home on day 3.

For those wishing to stop at the Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center to look for birds on the property, you much fill out this form. After completion, it will send you and email with the permit - print it out and bring with you.

I also created a map of the locations with coordinates with Google Maps.

Note: I plan to have a pre-trip meeting on Thursday, March 19th at my house - I'll send email about it a few days before that date.


Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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