Friends of the Sumpter Valley Dredge

A non-profit cooperative partner with Oregon State Parks

Spring at the Dredge


It is once again that time of year when the snow melts and we start hearing a sound only heard once a year in Sumpter..

The geese have once again arrived in the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Park.

A short walk on the south trail Saturday was rewarded with both a sighting of the geese, and a landscape that appears to be shaking off long winter’s sleep.

The state park is still closed to vehicular traffic, but soon opens officially on May 1st. However, the park is open to foot traffic, as it is all winter, and the snow has melted sufficiently that an early hike on the trails through the park will give visitors a peek at life as it begins to wake up.


Birdwatchers will no doubt enjoy our wonderful feathered friends as they begin to return to their spring home in the park.

If you’d like to catch a glimpse of the geese, we would recommend that you do it now, as they will not be staying for too long! The geese are typically here only long enough to see their young hatch and to give a few flying lessons to the little ones, before they resume their flight to the North.

Here are some resources for bird watching in Baker County:

Watch for our future posts regarding bird watching in the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area!

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3 thoughts on “Spring at the Dredge

  1. We love the spring in Sumpter!

  2. We can hear the geese from the restaurant! Always good to hear them each spring!

  3. Winter is not quite ready to relinquish it’s hold on us…..but the arrival of the geese are a sure sign of it’s imminent demise! :)

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