Myrtle Creek/Snow Creek Subloop
Nearest Town: Bonner's Ferry
Site Size: 30 mile loop
Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl
Access: Open late May - October 31. Access free of charge.
Directions: On US 95, N of Bonners Ferry, turn W on Riverside Ave (District 15/CR 18) (this rd is just south of the bridge crossing the Kootenai River); go W 7 mi to West Side Rd; R (N) on West Side Rd to FR 633 (Myrtle Creek Rd); W on FR 633 until it meets FR 661; S on FR 661 (over Cook’s Pass); E onto FR 402 and continue down Snow Creek drainage to CR 13 (Lion’s Den Rd). A side trip to Roman Nose Lake may be reached by turning off FR 661 at junction with FR 402/FR 1007. Allow at least 2 hours more travel time for this side trip.
Description: In the summer of 2003, a forest fire burned the first 5.5 miles of this loop. The burn provides excellent habitat for birds such as warblers, woodpeckers, Spotted Towhee, and Dark-eyed Junco. Watch for American Dipper in the streams. American Pipit is often seen at high elevations near Roman Nose Lake. Listen for Hermit and Swainson’s Thrushes at higher elevations. Grouse and raptors may be spotted anywhere along the route.
USFS (208) 267-5561
Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce(208)267-5922