Nearest Town: North Fork
Site Size: 250 acres
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.
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Salmon Chamber of Commerce 1-800-727-2540