Field Trip: Milliken Reservoir

Date: Friday April 20, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM

Milliken Reservoir is not open to the public, but the city of Napa Water Department has granted us half-day access to the property on this field trip from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (NSAS Event)


Leader: TBD

Description: Situated below Atlas Peak, Milliken Reservoir is a remote source of Napa city water. Not usually open to the public, the City of Napa Water Department has granted us half-day access to the property. We will take a circuitous route to reach the lake, passing through blue oak woodland, the old Camp Milliken, a little Douglas fir forest, and skirt the canyon below the dam.

Because all of this area burned in the recent fires, the birds might be scarce, but they will all be either hardy survivors or pioneers, such as Wrentit, Rock Wren and Rufous-crowned Sparrow. The wildflowers will be abundant, as they are following fire--a great opportunity to observe the recovery process at the height of the spring season.

Bring binoculars, water and snacks.

This is a NSAS members-only trip, limited to 17 participants.

Please RSVP by April 14 to Wendy Cole at

Directions: All participants meet at the Silverado Plaza Shopping Center at Trancas and Soscol in Napa, east of Chase Bank at 7:30 a.m. to carpool to Milliken.

Coordinator: Wendy Cole at

A reminder from the Field Trip Coordinator: Car-poolers will share driving expenses (recommended $.40/mi to be split by the number of riders).

submitted on March 05, 2018, at 12:23 AM PST

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