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Shasta-Trinity National Forest – McCloud River Loop
This 6-mile driving loop passes through chaparral and coniferous forests along the McCloud River. The river corridor, including the 6-mile driving loop, offers views of three spectacular waterfalls and a 50 acre wet meadow. A multi-use 10 mile river trail which begins at the Lower Falls picnic ...
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Lake Earl Wildlife Area
Description: Isolated lakes Earl and Talawa are connected lagoons, bordered by salt and freshwater marshes and groves of Sitka spruce and red alder. Lake Earl is a staging area for 100,000 migratory birds, including Aleutian Canada geese and canvasbacks. Wetlands, riparian corridors, and forests attract many species: tundra swans, black-bellied plovers, peregrine falcons, and ruby-crowned kinglets. Lakes and creeks sustain river otters, muskrats, beavers, salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout. Harbor seals, sea lions, and endangered California gray whales are visible offshore.

Wildlife to Watch: More than 250 bird species, including 80 songbird species. Watch waterfowl and shorebirds from October through April. Aleutian Canada geese are seen in fall and spring. Canvasbacks are common in fall and winter. Look for bald eagles and peregrine falcons in winter. Wading birds, some ducks, and marine mammals are present year-round. Whales migrate from October through June.

Special Tips: See area by car, on trails, by boat. Adjacent to 5,000 acre DPR project. Information at the DFG headquarters; tours. HEAVY WITNER RAINS.

Ownership: California Department of Fish & Game 
Size: 5,000 acres 
Closest Town: Crescent City

RestroomsParkingHikingPicnic tablesFeeSmall BoatsBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Canvasback - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
In Crescent City, drive north on Highway 101 to Northcrest Drive and veer left. Drive about 2 miles, then turn left on Old Mill Road. Follow signs to wildlife area.

For more information please call (707) 464-2523.

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