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Walterville Reservoir & Canal Birding Trail

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In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

The 70-ac pond has open water habitat, with willow thickets at the E edge. Young Douglas-fir grow on the hills to the N of the pond. Other habitats include white oak woodland, orchards and farm fields. Common winter birds include Great Blue Heron, Pied-billed and Western Grebes, Double-crested Cormorant, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded and Common Mergansers, and American Coot. Canvasback and American Wigeon sometimes visit, and Barrow?s Goldeneye, Forsters Tern and Pacific Loon have also been seen. Common summer birds include Osprey, four species of swallows, Western Wood-Pewee, House Wren, Yellow-breasted Chat, Wrentit, Black-headed Grosbeak and Common Yellowthroat.

From 58th St and Main St (Hwy 126) in Springfield, drive E on Hwy 126 for 6.9 mi to Walterville Reservoir. As you continue E from Walterville for 0.4 mi, you will cross Eugene Water & Electric Board?s Walterville Canal. At the E end of the bridge over the canal, make a very immediate and sharp L turn onto a road that heads W along the N bank of the canal. Proceed 0.2 mi to the parking area. From the parking area, Walterville Pond is up the slight incline ahead of you to the W. Transit: Lane Transit District Bus 91 stops at Walterville (limited schedule).


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  • Phone:
    (541) 484-2411
  • Address:
    Springfield, OR 97478
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