Southeast Alaska Birding Trail Ketchikan

Ward Lake

Several owls species have also been detected in this area.

The Ward Lake Recreation Area is managed by the Tongass National Forest. This site encompasses a network of trails, picnic sites, viewing platforms and campgrounds that offer a variety of recreation and wildlife viewing experiences. The Ward Lake Nature Trail is 1.5 miles long and loops around the edge of Ward Lake through spruce-hemlock forest. Likely bird encounters in the summer include: Trumpeter Swan, Common Loon, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Pacific Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler and Townsend's Warbler in the summer. In the winter: Common and Barrow's Goldeneye, Common and Hooded Merganser can be found on the lake. Several owls species have also been detected in this area including: Northern Saw-whet Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Barred Owl, and Western Screech Owl.


From Ketchikan ferry terminal, head north on the North Tongass Hwy approximately 4 miles to Revilla Road. Turn right and drive 1.4 miles to Ward Lake Road. Turn right onto Ward Lake Road and drive approximately 1 mile to Ward Lake. There are several parking areas and recreational access points near this lake.

Northern Pygmy Owl.
Northern Pygmy Owl. Photo: John Morrison

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