Birding Hotspots: North Haiwee Reservoir

Haiwee is now closed to the public

What's There:

The north end of Haiwee Reservoir is easily reached off US 395 south of Olancha. Migrating and resident waterfowl will be found on the reservoir waters, and a variety of other birds can be observed in the riparian habitat adjacent to the north end dam. Bald eagles are regularly seen here in winter.

Birders at Haiwee Reservoir


The Cactus Flats Rd./US 395 junction (see map), is opposite the Olancha Fire Station on US 395. This is just south of the Ranch Motel, and 2.1 mi south of the junction with the Death Valley Rd, SR 190. Cactus Flats Rd. is paved for 1.4 mi, then a good dirt road to a small parking area under large willows, just north of the dam. Total distance from US 395 is 2.5 mi. From the parking area walk south on the road to a passage through the fence on the right, and continue out onto the dam. A lush riparian area is reached by crossing over the dam and working one's way south. (DeLorme So. CA map, p. 39, C7.)

map to Haiwee Reservoir

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