Alvord Lake Basin, COA 194

Alvord Lake
Alvord Lake Photo Credit: Paul Scheerer, ODFW

The northern extent of this long narrow COA includes Tudor Lake at the eastern base of Steens Mountain. Continuing south and encompassing a large swath of the Alvord Desert, including the seasonal and alkali Alvord Lake, the COA ends just south of the community of Fields in the Pueblo Valley.

COA ID: 194

Local Conservation Actions and Plans

Potential Partners

Special Features


  • Contains the only known location of Borax Lake Chub
  • Low Density Sage Grouse Core Habitat Areas
  • Much of this area receives some degree of protection under the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act

Previously Associated With

  • 2006 COA ID NBR-09 (Alvord Lake Basin)
  • 2006 COA ID NBR-09 (Pueblo Mountains)
  • 2006 COA ID NBR-09 (Steens Mountain Uplands)

Protected Areas

  • Alvord Desert
  • Stonehouse Wilderness Study Area
  • Borax Lake Area Of Critical Environmental Concern
  • Borax Lake Preserve
  • East Alvord Wilderness Study Area
  • Heath Lake Wilderness Study Area
  • High Steens Wilderness Study Area
  • Lower Stonehouse Wilderness Study Area
  • Steens Mountain Cooperative Management And Protection Area
  • Steens Mountain Wilderness


Strategy Habitats

Specialized Local Habitats

  • Ash Beds
  • Salt Desert Scrub
  • Springs

Strategy Species