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East Central Region

Redfish Lake

Nearest Town: Stanley
Site Size: 1,600 acres

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

Access: Open May-November. Snow may limit vehicle access. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: On ID 75, S of Stanley at mp 185, turn W onto paved FR 214 (signed for Redfish Lake); 2 mi to Redfish Lake Visitor Center; lodge, trails, lake, campgrounds in close proximity.

Description: Redfish Lake is the largest lake in the Upper Salmon Basin and serves as an important stop-over for migrating waterbirds. Conifer forests surrounding the lake contain suitably large, mature green trees and snags to support the only known osprey nesting colony in east-central Idaho. The Redfish Lake Peregrine Falcon territory is one of the highest (in elevation) and most productive in Idaho. Summer residents include Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Cassin’s Finch, Yellow-rumped, Townsend’s, Wilson’s, and Yellow Warblers, and White-crowned and Lincoln’s Sparrows. It is possible to see 8 different woodpecker species among the mixed conifer, riparian-willow, and wet meadow habitats surrounding Redfish Lake, including Williamson’s Sapsucker, American Three-toed, Pileated, and Black-backed Woodpeckers.

More Information:
USFS (208) 774-3000
Stanley Chamber of Commerce 1-800-878-7950

Redfish lake
Photo Copyright Dona L. Cox
Peregrine Falcon
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Townsend's Warbler
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneBoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaVisitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableBoat RampConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingWater SportsOHV/ATVs AllowedHorseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

high elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 30% 30%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 70% 70%

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

    Finches and alliesHawks and EaglesKinglets and GnatcatcherSparrows and alliesThrushesWood 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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