Migrating Tundra Swans on Martin Lake.
Image courtesy of Jonathan D Kelly.
Many migratory and resident birds can be seen at Lathrop, including several species of raptors, pinyon and scrub jays, western meadowlarks, as well as a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds attracted to the lakes and wetland habitats. Osprey can commonly be seen in summer, and bald eagles have become familiar winter residents. Many visitors have reported seeing roadrunners in the campground. See Lathrop's Bird Checklist.
Mule deer can be spotted at Lathrop, as can coyote. More commonly seen are cottontail rabbits, black-tailed jackrabbits, raccoons and thirteen-lined ground squirrels. Bobcats and black bear make occasional appearances.
Many anglers are attracted by the warm-water fishing opportunities, which include northern pike, walleye, wiper, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, perch, and channel catfish. For those seeking a bigger challenge, Horseshoe is home to the tiger muskie, making the area an ever popular fishing destination. The cold-water species, rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout, are also present, but only rainbow are currently stocked.
Great Blue Heron with Catfish on Southwest side of Horseshoe Reservoir. Image courtesy of Jonathan D Kelly