Over 230 species of birds can be found in Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. The wide range of habitats found in the park leads to a variety of birds that call this place home. Red-tailed hawks scan for prey in a field below, while mountain bluebirds sing in the trees. Mergansers and loons float peacefully on the water, while Columbian sharp-tailed grouse walk through brush on land. Woodpeckers and crossbills are more likely to be found in the ponderosa pine forests of the Okanogan Highlands to the north. Pheasants and killdeer may be more common in the channeled scablands of the Columbia Plateau to the south. Sandhill cranes pass through the park on their migratory routes, while wild turkey might be seen year-round. The southern end of Lake Roosevelt is part of the Coulee Corridor loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail, a popular driving route that follows significant birding destinations.
Waterbirds and Shorebirds
The waters of Lake Roosevelt are home for many resident and migratory bird species.
Some of the most commonly seen bird species, they may be seen soaring over a field or over water looking for a meal.
Last updated: September 26, 2023