Explore Our World!
Ice Age Floods
Surrounded by 50,000 acres of BLM and Washington State Wildlife lands, the ranch perches on the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail in the Washington State Channeled Scablands.
The Scablands were created 10,000 years ago when ice dams broke and released ravaging waters from Lake Missoula, which tore through Montana, Idaho, and Washington - down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean.
Explore by hiking or horseback riding from the ranch, where unique geologic landscapes of rock formations, canyons, buttes, and lakes can be found. There are many ponds and lakes in easy walking distance and Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife) is adjacent to, and accessible from, the ranch.
Hike the 21,000 protected acres bordering our ranch.
Boating, swimming and fishing along the 130-mile lake
Evening laser light show
Enjoy fishing for bass, crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish and yellow perch
Hiking, picnicking, boating and rainbow trout fishing
We rest within Audubon's Great Washington State Birding Trail, offering photographic opportunities for migrating and nesting waterfowl on and around the ranch in the spring and fall. Swanson Lakes, adjacent to Stage Line Ranch, is Location #26 on Audubon Society's "Palouse to Pines Loop" map.
Audubon Society's iPhone and iPad apps are also available.
Rare and endangered Greater Sage Grouse and Sharp Tail Grouse are known to nest in the areas surrounding the ranch. For this reason, movement near nesting areas will be restricted until the latter part of May each year to allow chicks to hatch undisturbed.
Pelicans, geese, swans, herons and many other waterfowl as well as shorebirds are seen in the area all through spring, summer, and fall. Birds of prey such as eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons are also common sights on the ranch.