Summer Activities

With lodging available year around, Miller Ranch is a great place for summertime activities. The ranch is nearby to some of Washington’s best fishing lakes, as well as beautiful hiking trails and other outdoor recreation.

Turnbull Wildlife Refuge

Turnbull NWR encompasses approximately 18,217 acres of the Channeled Scablands. The ecosystem that predominates the Refuge is unique within the National Wildlife Refuge System and has characteristics that distinguish it from natural reserves worldwide. The powerful forces of volcanism, glaciation and the largest floods in geological history have combined to forge a distinct environment. The combination of basalt outcrops, flood eroded channels, and ponderosa pine forests infused in a diverse landscape of over 130 marshes, wetlands and lakes, create an environment of aesthetic beauty as well as high quality wildlife habitat. Refuge ecosystems represent an ecological transition between the dry, sagebrush dotted grasslands of the Columbia Basin and the timbered Selkirk and Bitterroot Mountain Ranges that rise up to the east. The more than 3,000 acres of wetlands on Turnbull NWR represent some of the last quality breeding habitat available in eastern Washington for waterfowl, which have experienced tremendous population declines across North America due to loss and degradation of breeding, migration, and wintering habitat.
Columbia Plateau State Park Trail

Columbia Plateau State Park Trail is a 4,109-acre, 130-mile-long rail-bed trail that traces the 1908 original path of the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railroad. The route is most accessible at Cheney, with other less accessible points along the way. The route is steeped in history, with scenic vistas along the trail. Currently 23 miles of the trail between Lincoln County and Cheney are developed and open for public use.

 

FISHING

Amber lake : http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/107/

Williams Lake : http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/200/

Badge Lake: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/110/

Downs Lake: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/130/

Sprague Lake: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/197/

Fishtrap Lake: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/195/

Bonnie Lake: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/774/

Rock Lake: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/204/

 

WINTER FISHING LAKES:

Hog Lake: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/132

Fourth of July Lake: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/196

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                Williams Lake                                                                                         Columbia Plateau Trail