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East Central Region

Deadwater Slough

Nearest Town: North Fork
Site Size: 250 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Snow may limit vehicle access. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From North Fork, at mp 326.4 on US 93, W on FR 030 for 0.6 mi; L (S) into Newland Ranch Picnic Area; continue W on FR 030 to mp 3.6 to access Deadwater Picnic Area; this is an ideal location to launch a canoe or inflatable raft from the developed boat ramp and paddle upstream to access the site’s backwater sloughs and islands.

Description: Deadwater Slough is one of east-central Idaho’s best birding locations due to quality riparian habitat, good water quality, and adjacent diverse upland habitats. The first contemporary record of nesting Bald Eagle in east-central Idaho was at Deadwater Slough in 1990; Eagles nest there today. Deadwater Slough is also an important breeding habitat for several Idaho species of special concern, including Lewis’s Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, Yellow and MacGillivray’s Warblers. Additional highlights: nesting Wood Duck, Gray Catbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Lazuli Bunting.

More Information:
USFS (208) 865-2700
Salmon Chamber of Commerce 1-800-727-2540

Deadwater Slough
Photo Copyright Beth Waterbury, IDFG
MacGillivray's Warbler
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking 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?

grassland Graph illustrating 25% 25%
other Graph illustrating 15% 15%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 60% 60%

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
Shorebirds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Songbirds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Waterbirds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
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.

    CorvidsGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesGrosbeaks and BuntingsHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsLoonSparrows and alliesThrashersThrushesTyrant 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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