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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


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

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
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Habitat
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

    Legend

    SeasonAbundanceRegion
    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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