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Southwest Region

Weiser River Trail (Rails to Trails)

Nearest Town: Weiser
Site Size: 84 mile long corridor

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location


Description: The Weiser River Trail passes through the towns of Weiser, Midvale, Cambridge, and Council for 84 miles along the river and can be picked up in each town between Weiser and Council. The trail is accessible only by foot, bike, or horse and it winds through many miles of riparian habitat, 1,400 acres of wildlife habitat, and 16,000 acres of lands that are currently inaccessible to the public. Common birds that can be seen along the trail include Western Tanager, Northern Oriole, Lazuli Bunting, Spotted Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Great Blue Heron.

More Information:
Weiser River Trail (208) 887-2068
Council (208) 253-6830

Weiser River Trail
Photo Copyright IDFG
Weiser River Trail Bridge
Photo Copyright Larry Frank
Weiser River Trail
Photo Copyright Larry Frank
Lazuli Bunting
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsNo HuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedHorseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterInterpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

agriculture Graph illustrating 25% 25%
grassland Graph illustrating 20% 20%
other Graph illustrating 5% 5%
ponderosa pine Graph illustrating 10% 10%
riverine riparian 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 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N AM
Shorebirds N N N N Y Y N N N N N N AM
Songbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N AM
Upland Birds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Waterbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Waterfowl N Y Y Y Y N N N N N N N ALL
Target Species for this Site

Select a species from the list to view other sites on the Idaho Birding Trail Sites this species may be observed.

    Bittern, Herons and IbisesBlackbirds and alliesCranesGeese, Swans and DucksGrosbeaks and BuntingsGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesOwlsQuailSparrows and alliesStork and VultureSwallowsSwiftsTanagersThrashersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersWood WarblersWoodpeckers


    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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