- Near California/Nevada border
- 47,000 acres
- mid-Octobor to mid-March are best for birding
Honey Lake was, during the ice age, part of a massive lake called Lake Lahonta, which covered parts of present-day Nevada, Oregon and California. Today, it's very much a desert lake. In cool weather, it spreads 47,000 acres over a plateau. In hot weather, Honey Lake can dry up entirely.
Honey Lake's seasonal nature and its alkali waters do nothing to deter the birds. In the damper months, Honey Lake is surrounded by marshlands. Few lakes can boast as many species at water's edge as Honey Lake. Just a handful of the birds you may spot here include the tundra swan, the Sandhill crane and the White-faced ibis. During peak migration, the sky crowds dark with Snow and Canada geese, and thousands and thousands of ducks.
Warm-water fishing is another popular activity here, if not as popular as birding.