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Southwest Region

Payette River Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Town: New Plymouth
Site Size: 1200 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-84 Exit #9 to ID 30; go 4.5 mi to New Plymouth; pass the post office; look for “Sportsman’s Access” sign; R (E) on Idaho St; go 0.5 mi to Holly Ave; L (N) on Holly Ave; be aware that Holly Ave jogs to the L near NW 1st Ave, stay N on Holly; travel 1.5 mi to NW 2nd Ave; R (E) and go 0.5 mi to WMA south parking lot.

Description: Nesting Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, teal, Common Goldeneye, Greater White-fronted Goose and Sandhill Crane during migration. Marsh Wren, Yellow and Wilson’s Warblers, Lazuli Bunting, Northern Oriole and Yellow-breasted Chat are often seen and heard in the riparian areas. Red-tailed and Cooper’s Hawks, Northern Harrier, and American Kestrel are common nesters.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 334-3700
Payette Chamber of Commerce (208) 642-2362

Payette River WMA
Photo Copyright IDFG
Canada Goose
Photo Copyright Camden Hackworth
Marsh Wren
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Red-tailed Hawks
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff

General Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedHorseback Riding

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

agriculture Graph illustrating 15% 15%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 15% 15%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 70% 70%

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 N Y Y N N Y Y N N N ALL
Songbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Waterbirds N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N ALL
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y Y N N N Y Y Y 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 alliesChickadees and TitmouseCranesFinches and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesNuthatches and CreeperOwlsPelicans and CormorantQuailRails and CootsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesSwallowsWaxwingsWood 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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