|White Horse Lake - Pine Flat Route|
This 50-mile auto loop through ponderosa pine and oak habitat has several wildlife viewing areas, and two lakes – White Horse and J.D. Lakes--where wildlife can be seen. White Horse Lake is a popular recreation area with all facilities.
|Description: This small lake and wetland has undergone habitat improvement to create island and water channels for anglers. Fall colors can be outstanding, with good views of Bill Williams Mountain.|
Wildlife to Watch: Look for waterbirds, belted kingfisher, and killdeer. Elk, mule deer, mantled ground squirrel, Abert’s squirrel, and Merriam’s turkey are common around the lake, and bald eagle winter here. Common resident birds in the surrounding pine forest such as Steller’s jay, mountain chickadee, pygmy nuthatch, northern flicker, hairy woodpecker, and dark-eyed junco are joined during the summer months by broad-tailed hummingbird, plumbeous vireo, yellow-rumped and Grace’s warblers, violet-green swallow, and chipping sparrow. Greater short-horned lizard and terrestrial gartersnakes can be found around the lake.
Special Tips: Road usually closed by snow from January through March.
Ownership: USDA Forest Service
Closest Town: Williams
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: