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Southwest Region

Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Town: Fairfield
Site Size: 3,100 acres

Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl

Access: May dry up in late summer/early fall. Snow may limit vehicle access. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: WEST ENTRANCE: I-84 Exit #95; US 20 NE for 45 mi to Hill City; watch for WMA sign; R (S) onto Swamp Rd; go ~4 mi to T intersection (Stokes Rd); L (E) and go until rd curves N; L on rough road into center of marsh; EASTENTRANCE: 8.7 mi W of Fairfield on US 20, look for WMA signs near Wolf Ln (900 W); L (S) onto Wolf Ln to sign; R (E) on 500 S to marsh.

Description: Camas Creek is filled bank to bank from April-June and is dry by mid-July. An incredible purple camas lily bloom begins in late May and generally peaks about mid-June. During this time, thousands of waterfowl (Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Cinnamon, Green-winged, and Blue-winged Teal), shorebirds (Killdeer, Long-billed Curlew, Willet, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Wilson’s Snipe and Phalarope, Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted and Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher), and other waterbirds (Eared and Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Sora, American Bittern, Sandhill Crane, Black-Crowned Night-Heron, Snowy Egret, Black Tern, Ring-billed and California Gulls) use the area.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 324-4359
Fairfield Ranger District (208) 764-3202

Camas Prairie
Photo Copyright Kathleen Cameron
Blue-winged Teal
Photo Copyright Ryan Brady
Camas Lily
Photo Copyright IDFG

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 60% 60%
other Graph illustrating 25% 25%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 15% 15%

Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Shorebirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Songbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Upland Birds N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N ALL
Waterbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Target Species for this Site

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    Bittern, Herons and IbisesBlackbirds and alliesCorvidsCranesGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesJaegers and GullsLarkOwlsRails and CootsShorebirdsShrikesSparrows and alliesSwallowsTernsThrashersThrushesWrens and Dipper


    R - Resident 1 - Abundant, easily found s - Statewide
    M - Migrant 2 - Common, but sometimes difficult to find e - Southeast
    W - Winter 3 - Uncommon or local w - Southwest
    S - Summer 4 - Rare or very local c - Central
    5 - Casual, 3-10 accepted records p - Panhandle (North)
    6 - Accidental, 1-2 accepted records
    7 - Experimental
    (B) - Documented breeding evidence(End) - Threatened or Endangered
    (b) - Circumstantial breeding evidence(Int.) - Introduced species

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