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Southeast Region

Daniels Reservoir

Nearest Town: Malad City
Site Size: 475 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-15 Exit #13; ID 38 W (50 S St) through Malad City; zero odometer at stop sign at T intersection; turn R onto Bannock Rd; continue through town; pass stop sign and 4 way intersection; leave town; rd makes several 90 degree turns to the W and N; rd paved entire way; rd becomes W 1000 N (Upper St Johns); mi 2.6 stay R; mi 3.6 L at fork; follow "Sportsman’s Access" signs; mi 4.4 stay R; mi 5.8 rd becomes N 3800 W; mi 7.6 rd becomes Daniels Rd; mi 14.4 follow "Sportsman’s Access" signs; mi 17.7 enter reservoir parking lot.

Description: During migration, look for high numbers of waterfowl (Mallard, American Wigeon, and Northern Shoveler) and waterbirds (American Coot, American White Pelican, and Wilson’s Phalarope). In spring, Sharp-tailed Grouse can be seen on leks nearby. Look for Osprey and Red-tailed Hawk (on power poles). A small Great Blue Heron colony in dead trees at northern end of reservoir can be found. The north end of the lake is the best place for birding.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 232-4703
Malad Chamber of Commerce (208) 766-9230

American Coot
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
American Wigeon
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

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

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 90% 90%
other Graph illustrating 1% 1%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 9% 9%

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 Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Shorebirds N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y N N ALL
Songbirds N N N Y Y Y N N Y Y N N AM
Upland Birds N N Y Y Y N N N N N N N AM
Waterbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N ALL
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y 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 IbisesGeese, Swans and DucksGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesPelicans and CormorantRails and CootsShorebirds


    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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