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Southwest Region

Montour Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Town: Horsehoe Bend/Emmett
Site Size: 1100 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: In Emmett on ID 52; zero odometer when you cross river just N of downtown; 13.1 mi N and E on ID 52; S at the Sweet-Ola junction (Montour Rd); 1 mi to WMA entrance. From Horseshoe Bend 9.2 mi W on ID 52 to Sweet-Ola junction.

Description: This area’s flooded fields in the Payette River Canyon make excellent habitat for waterbirds especially in spring and early summer. Ring-necked Pheasant, Gray Partridge, and California Quail are the most common upland gamebirds observed while Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Wood Duck, and Cinnamon, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal are frequently observed waterfowl species. Wetland habitats also provide ideal conditions for a host of other birds such as Great Blue Heron, Wilson’s Snipe, American Coot, Killdeer, and Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds. Raptors often seen include Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, Barn Owl, and American Kestrel. Bald Eagle and Snow Goose winter along the Payette River.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 365-2682
Gem County (208) 365-3485

Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Red-winged Blackbird
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
Ring-necked Pheasant
Photo Copyright Camden Hackworth

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsBoat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

agriculture Graph illustrating 10% 10%
grassland Graph illustrating 50% 50%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 20% 20%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 20% 20%

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

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    Bittern, Herons and IbisesBlackbirds and alliesCorvidsCranesFinches and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrosbeaks and BuntingsGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesKingfisherKinglets and GnatcatcherOwlsQuailRails and CootsShorebirdsShrikesSparrows and alliesSwallowsTanagersThrashersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersWaxwingsWood WarblersWoodpeckersWrens 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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