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Mountain Run Lake Park sits on the north shore of its namesake lake, providing tremendous views of the water and the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge in the distance. The park follows the shoreline with a mix of open fields, hardwood forest and patches of pine trees. On arrival, scan the open waters of the lake for waterfowl. This usually includes Canada geese, but other species to look for include gadwall, American widgeon and ruddy duck. Amongst the regular visitors, such as pied-billed grebe and double-crested cormorant, be on the look out for something less common, such as a common loon or perhaps a group of tundra swans. The banks of the lake attract numerous killdeer and could hold other shorebirds during migration. On the hillsides above the lake, search the pine groves for American goldfinch and pine warblers. These pines can support large roosting flocks of red-winged blackbirds and could turn up a golden-crowned kinglet or purple finch during the colder months of the year.
For insect watchers, spring and summer hold numerous nimble eastern amberwings and rambur’s forktails. The fields nearby host black saddlebags and the occasional wandering glider. Butterflies can be equally abundant with black swallowtails, viceroys and common buckeyes all vying for your attention.
Physical Address: J.B. Carpenter Jr. Drive, Culpeper, Virginia 22701
From Culpeper, take Route 29 South. Turn right on Mountain Run Lake Road/ State Rt 718. Travel 2.3 miles, continuing straight as road becomes State Rt 641 and then State Rt 719. Turn left on J. B. Carpenter Jr. Drive to enter the lake and park.
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- Site Contact: 540-829-8260
- Access: Free, open daily sunrise to sunset
Birds Recently Seen at Mountain Run Lake Park (as reported to eBird)
- Canada Goose
- Ruddy Duck
- Great Blue Heron
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- Northern Flicker
- Blue Jay
- Carolina Chickadee
- Tufted Titmouse
- Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Seasonal Bird Observations
- Boat Ramp