Go east of Innisfail on Hwy 590 for 12 km, then south for 6.4 km on Rge Rd 27-2 to a T-intersection (Twp Rd 35-0). Turn west. Loaded Lagoon is on both sides of the road. Continue west to next intersection (Twp Rd 27-4) and go south for 2.4 km. Turn east on Twp Rd 34-4A. Follow this road past the curve in the road. Park at pull-off. Davey Lake is on the west side of the road.
Loaded Lagoon GPS: N51.9689 -W113.7744
Davey Lake GPS: N51.9403 -W113.7602
Shallow lakes on either side of the road with cattails and sedges.
Large deep lake surrounded by willows, aspen and cultivated fields.
These sloughs are on private land so stay on the road. There is no pull-off at Loaded Lagoon; park with caution.
Wood Duck, Pied-billed, Red-necked and Eared Grebe, shorebirds, Black Tern, Northern Harrier.
White-winged Scoter, grebes, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Horned Owl.
The birds are usually far away at Davey Lake so spotting scopes are recommended.
Snow Buntings and Horned Larks are often seen during winter on Twp Rd 34-4 east of Davey Lake.
The Red Deer River Naturalists are not liable for any injury or damage whatsoever caused to yourself or others by using this guide.
- Use discretion when venturing into natural habitats.
- Do not trespass on private land.
- Some sites allow livestock grazing.
- Some sites allow hunting.
- Some sites in western regions are in bear/cougar habitat. Take all necessary precautions.
More birds will be seen in the spring and summer seasons, but all locations will have some winter birds. Typical and common species can be expected for each habitat described. Large deep lakes typically attract migrating waterfowl, (ducks, swans, and geese). Notable Species are species of special interest that have been recently recorded in or near the area.
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