"Kreps Lane Road" Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge Things to Do Tip by glabah

  Great Blue Heron in Tree Top along Kreps Lane Road
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  • Great Blue Heron in Tree Top along Kreps Lane Road - Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge
      Great Blue Heron in Tree Top along Kreps Lane Road
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  • Refuge Land from Kreps Lane Road is Cattle Ranch - Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge
      Refuge Land from Kreps Lane Road is Cattle Ranch
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  • Western Meadowlarks seem Fond of Fence @ Old House - Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge
      Western Meadowlarks seem Fond of Fence @ Old House
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While there is only one two mile trail in the entire refuge that is walkable by the public, there are several roads which pass through various other parts of the refuge, which allow for public viewing of these areas from your car or from the road.

Please be careful when you do visit these areas. Most of these roads are shared with working farmland that is interweaved with the refuge land, and thus please do not wander onto the farmer's or rancher's land. Also, many of the roads are open range land, which means you may run into cows at any time.

Also, while you can pull to the side of the road to watch wildlife, please make sure you get as far out of the way as possible. This is working land in many locations, and the people who work and live here still need to get around too. Many of them still do not expect to see people watching the wildlife, and it is not unusual to see people come down these narrow gravel roads at a fairly impressive clip.

Kreps Lane Road is south of the refuge headquarters, and to get there from the refuge headquarters you need to go west on Trout Lake to Glenwood Road and after about 1 mile (1.6 km) turn south onto Laurel Road, which is gravel. Kreps road is the next significant gravel road on the left side. There is also a direct entrance to Kreps Lane Road off of BZ-Glenwood Road, where there are a few signs indicating the presence of refuge land.

As to what you might see along this road, that depends entirely on what sort of mood the wildlife is in, and how good you are at spotting it. The big stuff that comes down from the Cascade Mountains include Elk and Deer, but you most likely will not see them. (You may, however, see normal cows wondering in the fields or even in the middle of the road).

Watch the fence posts and trees for various birds, and sometimes you will see the unexpected. For example, the Great Blue Heron in this photo at the top of a pine tree - normally you will see them on the ground looking for snakes, insects and other food. Western Meadowlarks seem to have taken quite a liking to the fences around an old ranch house that sits along this road, and they may be seen in various other fields and on the fences, as well as bluebirds. The fields themselves where cattle are grazing may also contain various bird life, including sandhill cranes. Once in a while you will see woodpeckers and nuthatches on the tree trunks as well.

Just don't wander off the road into private lands, and remember that the refuge land is also not publicly accessible along these roads as well. Again, if you stop, please be careful to not block the road from other traffic, and be aware of vehicles coming down the gravel road at high speed - the local ranchers don't stop to look at bird life!

Address: Kreps Lane Road, between Laurel and BZ-Glenwood Rd
Directions: W. on Trout Lk - Glenwood Rd apx 1 mile frm refuge HQ, south on Laurel Road, gravel. Kreps road is the next significant gravel road on the left side. Also a direct entrance to Kreps Lane Road off of BZ-Glenwood Rd
Phone: (509) 364-3410
Website: http://www.fws.gov/conboylake/

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  • Updated Nov 17, 2011
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