The ODFW Visitors' Guide
Wildlife Viewing Guide - part 1 (pdf) | Wildlife Viewing Guide - part 2 (pdf) | Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area Management Plan (pdf)
It’s fun, friendly and free.
Come to La Grande for an exciting birdwatching experience. The Bird Festival occurs during the height of spring bird migration and nesting time in the Grande Ronde Valley and gives you a chance to see species you may never have seen.
Best time to visit: March - May for waterfowl
What to see and do
At the wildlife area: Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area features the largest hardstem bulrush marsh remaining in Northeast Oregon. Because this area is intended to protect nesting and migrating waterfowl, public access is limited to viewpoints and a one-mile nature trail, except during hunting season. The best observation points are along Foothill and Peach roads. A bird checklist (pdf) is available, and group tours can be arranged. A fishing pond is located on the wildlife area.
Nearby: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest offers camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, cycling and fishing, as well as a variety of winter activities.
Parking permit: Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, a parking permit will be required at Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. Permits can be purchased at ODFW License vendors, at ODFW offices that sell licenses and online at ODFW’s website.
The wildlife area is located five miles south of La Grande. Take exit 268 off I-84 to Foothill Road.
Address and Phone
Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area
59116 Pierce Road
La Grande, OR 97850
Friends of Ladd Marsh
The Friends of Ladd Marsh is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to assisting ODFW with enhancement, conservation and public enjoyment of the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area.
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