25. Shoalwater Bay/Eagle Ridge

25. Shoalwater Bay/Eagle Ridge - Area Map.


Seventeen miles north and west of Klamath Falls.


A large natural marsh with surrounding uplands and bordered on the East by a ponderosa pine forest.

Distinct Features:

The marsh provides nesting, feeding and resting habitat for waterfowl, the surrounding adjacent pine forest sustains 12 bald eagle nest sites and also supports a diverse wildlife resource.

Birds to Look For:

Ring-necked Duck, Cinnamon Teal, Bald Eagle (nesting), Rough-legged Hawk, Black Tern, White-headed Woodpecker, Great Gray Owl, Lewis's Woodpecker, Pigmy Nuthatch, Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Tanager, Mountain Bluebird, Mountain Chickadee. Several warbler species are seasonally common in the willow and cottonwood trees along the lake shoreline.

Other Items of Interest:

There is a hiking trail which extends to the tip of Eagle Ridge which provides a breathtaking overview of Upper Klamath Lake. Klamath County maintains a primitive campground with potable water at the base of Eagle Ridge. There is a boat ramp and dock available.


Drive 16 miles north and west of Klamath Falls on Highway 140, 1/2 mile past Milepost 53. Turn North (right) onto an improved gravel road. Travel about 1 mile, staying to the right to an intersection. Turn right, travel about 100 yards, and turn left onto the road to Shoalwater Bay and Eagle Ridge. Continue around the southern tip of the marsh and continue north approximately 2.5 miles to the county park. GPS: 121° 57' 24.83" W, 42° 24' 15.25" N.

This road is not maintained during the winter.

There is a seasonal road closure on the upper road during bald eagle nesting and rearing.

For more information Contact:

Discover Klamath
205 Riverside Dr, Suite B
Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601
Call: 541-882-1501 or Toll Free: 1-800-445-6728

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