Reed Lake is a shallow, intermittent saline lake with large expanses of emergent vegetation, reed beds and shallow, flooded grassy shorelines. It has been dry in the past as recently as 2009, however multiple wet years in the early 2010’s and management of flow has helped to keep water in the lake. Areas of open mudflats occur on small segments of the shore and the area has become significant for bird habitat. Bird watchers from all over the world make this a stop in their travels to view birds as a viewing platform can be found on the north shore of the lake. Reed Lake along with Chaplin Lake and Old Wives Lake has been designated as part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network as many species use Reed Lake as a stopping point on their migration from Mexico and the Southern United States to Northern Canada.