Join us for an easy and enjoyable 7-mile hike around this 650-acre reservoir, passing some historic ruins of farm homesteads, many species of birds and even an eagle nesting area. This hike is paced specifically for the birders and photographers and there will be multiple stops in order to enjoy the surroundings. Meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am. Bring sturdy footwear, traction devices (if icy conditions), water, snacks/lunch, and non-cotton layers. Well behaved dogs on leash are welcomed. Heavy rain/snow cancels. Please note cell phone reception and GPS satellite signal are poor at Merrill Creek. Therefore, bring written directions.
I have been told that the snow geese have been making stops on the reservoir recently and it is a beautiful sight to see this huge flock. They sometimes put on a spectacular show for their audience and hope they will be there for our hike. Last year we were all amazed by an unusual and very rare visit from a Snowy Owl whose home is in the Arctic. We were able to see her twice and feel very lucky - what a beauty! Snowy Owl photo taken by Lisa Schustak.
Please visit the website provided below for written directions.
Linger at conclusion of hike to spend some time in the Visitor's Center and learn more about the animals and birds native to this area.
Optional post-hike refreshment stop at local eatery.
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