Fountain Hills Lake
Fast Flight Facts
Target Species: Waterbirds throughout the year
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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