South of Burns, covering 290 sq miles of lake, wetland and uplands, is this important breeding and resting refuge for birds traveling along the Pacific Flyway. Over 320 species can be observed here, including swans, loons, grebes, pelicans, herons, egrets, spoonbills, ibis, woodpeckers, flycatchers, warblers, finches and many raptors. It's a veritable birdwatchers' paradise.
Waterfowl migration at Malheur peaks in March, shorebirds arrive in April and songbirds wing in during May. During summer, waterfowl families skim across the ponds and lakes. In fall, birds come through on their way south. Mosquitoes are bad from June to August, so bring repellent.
There's limited gas at the Narrows RV Park and in Frenchglen, but it's best to fill up in Burns.