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Southeast Region

Elk Valley Marsh

Nearest Town: Montpelier
Site Size: 200 acre, 27 mi driving tour

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

Access: Snow may limit vehicle access. Open late May - October 31. May be inaccessible due to muddy roads. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Montpelier, at intersection of US 89/US 30, E on US 89 for 7.2 mi; L (N) on Crow Creek Rd (FR 111); rd is dirt, but improved; follow Crow Creek Rd, pass Montpelier Reservoir at mi 7.7; mi 20.5 is junction with FR 147; R (E) on FR 147; Elk Valley Marsh at mi 27.

Description: A 200-acre remote, high-altitude mountain marsh bordered by sagebrush-grassland, conifer forest, and scattered aspen stands. Nesting and molting area for Canada Goose and dabbling ducks.

More Information:
USFS (208) 547-4537
Soda Springs Chamber of Commerce (208) 547-4964


Photos
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Gadwall
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
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Northern Pintail
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Facilities

General Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsNo HuntingNo FishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
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Habitat
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 80% 80%
other Graph illustrating 5% 5%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 15% 15%

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

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    Geese, Swans and Ducks

    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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