Tommy J. DeBardeleben

Fountain Hills Lake

Fast Flight Facts

Target Species:  Waterbirds throughout the year

Elevation: 1500'

Habitat:  Open water at a town lake

Overall Birding Rating: 3

Difficulty: 1 (Easy)

Birding Type: Easy Hiking, Walking and Scanning

Facilities:  Parking, Restrooms

Fees/Ownership:  None /Town of Fountain Hills

Closest Town or City/How far from Phoenix:  Fountain Hills /23 miles northeast of Phoenix

Getting there:  Reached from residential streets in Fountain Hills, best reached from Shea Boulevard

Overview:  In north Scottsdale, lies the attractive Fountain Hills Lake, which has a famous fountain that shoots up like a geyser.  The fountain can be seen from miles away, and being at the park live watching the fountain is very entertaining.  This lake has a park surrounding the shores, and is often a very crowded place and a favorite location for many people to visit.  Despite the crowds, this lake and fountain can often have productive birding, especially with high numbers of waterfowl.  Checking this lake for waterbirds throughout the year, especially in late fall and winter, will likely produce good waterfowl numbers.

Birding Tip:  Simply scan the waters for waterbirds and check the open grass and surrounding trees for any land birds.

Directions:  At the Beeline Highway (Highway 87) at Mile Marker 189, take Shea Blvd 0.6 miles west to N. Saguaro Blvd.  Take Saguaro Blvd 2.7 miles north to the lake, where parking is all around the lake and easy to access at different parts.


Fountain Hills Lake Maps

Fountain Hills Lake eBird Data


Scenes and Sights from Fountain Hills Lake:


Birdlife of Fountain Hills Lake:

Surf Scoter (rarity)


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