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Birding Around 33 Hole Picnic Area
Birding Around Las Vegas, Lake Mead Area
33 Hole Picnic Area
33 Hole Picnic Area
33 Hole Picnic Area

Overview

33 Hole Picnic Area sits on a 3-pronged, flat-topped bluff overlooking Las Vegas Bay, and following the road to the middle prong seems best for birding. The landscape is sparsely vegetated with stunted creosote bush, white bursage, and few other shrubs, and the lakeshore is mud or grown up in saltcedar, depending on water levels.

When the lake level was up, water lapped at the edge of the picnic area, but now the picnic area provides an elevated position for looking down on waterbirds. However, the lake is in the far distance, so it make sense to at least walk out the accessible trail, and be sure to bring a spotting scope. Birders can follow fishermen trails down to the edge of the water. Watch for ducks, grebes, cormorants, pelicans, coots, gulls, and the occasional black-legged kittiwake.

Link to map.

33 Hole Picnic Area
Start of accessible trail at edge of parking lot
33 Hole Picnic Area
End of accessible trail; dirt trail continues to lake edge
33 Hole Picnic Area 33 Hole Picnic Area
33 Hole Picnic Area 33 Hole Picnic Area

Happy birding! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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