Learn More about Lake Abert

Allen Tyler


Western Rattlesnake

Western Rattlesnake

Also known as the Great Basin Rattlesnake, these pit vipers have buff-tan coloring and small, oval blotches to blend into their arid surroundings. Small heat-sensing indentations on each side of the snake’s snout detects warm-blooded prey for better striking accuracy in the dark. Source: The Oregon Encyclopedia

Latin name: Crotalus oreganus lutosus


Aaron Tani, Sage Society Member

Aaron Tani, Sage Society Member

“It feels good to support ONDA on a monthly basis, because I know they never stop supporting our public lands. ONDA works to help make our lands a better place for the future, and I feel like I’m a part of that every month with my support.”


Terry Butler, 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Terry Butler, 2018 Volunteer of the Year

“If I have to pick a favorite place in Oregon’s high desert, it would be Sutton Mountain, but I’m excited about all of the Wilderness Study Areas,” says Terry, adding, “Each is a gem to explore, and I hope they all get protection someday… I love the scale of the physical beauty of the desert.”

Abert Rim and Abert Lake June 2018

Lake Abert Storybook

Lake Abert is a rich ecosystem teeming with life. See more images of this incredible saline environment in our storybook.

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Lake Abert, Abert Rim and their surroundings are almost entirely federal public lands, administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Both the lake and the rim are designated Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, and the entire area is wilderness-quality, with Abert Rim managed as a Wilderness Study Area.

The state of Oregon recognizes Lake Abert as a Conservation Opportunity Area, places where the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends focusing management and resources to conserve fish and wildlife.

The National Audubon Society has designated the lake an Important Bird Area and The Nature Conservancy similarly recognizes Lake Abert as an Ecoregional Priority Area for conservation investment. Finally, the Lake Abert ecosystem has been proposed for addition to the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.

Explore the resources below for more information on Lake Abert.

News Articles

Geology, History, and Cultural Resources

Lake Ecology


Special Management Designations

Water Policy


Published Science