Clear Lake Ridge Currently Closed Due to COVID-19
Following Governor Brown's "Stay Home, Save Lives" Executive Order and wanting to help limit the spread of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to close our preserves until further notice.
What Makes Clear Lake Ridge Special
On the northeastern flanks of the Wallowa Mountains, Clear Lake Ridge's rocky-soiled ridgetops, steep canyon and mile-high lakes provide a spectacular setting and diverse habitats for birds and other wildlife.
This basalt plateau, hosting three shallow lakes amid native grasslands, gives way to Devil's Gulch, a canyon plunging 3,000 feet toward Little Sheep Creek. Views from the plateau include the Seven Devil's range across Hells Canyon into Idaho, and south to the 9,000-ft peaks of the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowas.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
Conservancy staff and partners have inventoried populations of threatened Spalding’s catchfly, as well as non-native, invasive plant species. Volunteers help control invasives, such as knapweed and Scotch thistle, and monitor and repair fences and exclosures protecting aspen stands. From July through October, volunteer caretakers live here and monitor preserve activities.