Nearest Town: Elk City
Site Size: 314 acres
Directions: From Grangeville, ID 13 E for 12 mi; ID 14 S toward Elk City for 50 mi; S at mp 46.7 (before Elk City) on FR 222 10 mi; WMA on right side of rd.
Description: While driving along the rivers, look for Belted Kingfisher and American Dipper. At milepost 48.3 on ID 14, the broad meadow often holds Tundra Swan and Snow Goose in April/May. Various ducks, Sora, and some shorebirds can be seen here as well. At mile 48.3, check the sewage ponds to the south for Wood Duck. In downtown Elk City, check the willows and wetlands surrounding the rodeo grounds for Sora, Wilson’s Snipe, Willow Flycatcher, and Yellow Warbler. For forest birds, check out the “blue diamond” hiking/snowmobile trail that starts 0.1 mile past the Elk City Ranger Station (follow the signs to the station). Look for Pileated and American Three-toed Woodpeckers, Western Tanager, and Pine Grosbeak. At Red River WMA, breeding waterfowl in the spring, and during summer, look for Spotted Sandpiper, Violet-green Swallow, Willow Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, and Savannah Sparrow. Hike the edge of meadows surrounded by Englemann spruce/lodgepole pines for Spruce Grouse. 4.3 miles past the WMA, at the Red River Chinook Viewing Area (look for signs), keep an eye out for Vaux’s Swift and American Dipper.
USFG (208) 799-5010
Grangeville Chamber of Commerce (208) 983-0460