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East Central Region

Salmon Wastewater Treatment Ponds

Nearest Town: Salmon
Site Size: 15 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Open sunrise - sunset. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Salmon, US 93 N for 1 mi to mp 306; R (E) at “Sportsman’s Access-Lemhi Hole” sign; 0.2 mi to parking area on L; hike NE on access rd fronting Salmon River 0.2 mi to Treatment Plant fence. Walk perimeter of fence.

Description: The treatment ponds are a spring migratory hotspot for waterfowl, grebes, wading birds, shorebirds, gulls, and other waterbirds. Species observed during the spring migration include Snow Goose (with occasional sightings of Ross’s Goose), Western and Clark’s Grebes, American White Pelican, American Avocet, Marbled Godwit, Forster’s Tern, and Franklin’s Gull. Bird species regularly observed May-Oct include Wood Duck, Green-winged, Blue-winged, and Cinnamon Teal, Redhead, Canvasback, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Common and Barrow’s Goldeneyes, Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, and Osprey. Over 100 species have been observed here.

More Information:
Salmon Wastewater Treatment Plant (208) 756-4162
Salmon Chamber of Commerce 1-800-727-2540


Photos
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Blue-winged Teal
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
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Marbled Godwits
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
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Northen Shoveler
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
Facilities

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsNo HuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingRestroomsNo 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 90% 90%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 10% 10%

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

    Bittern, Herons and IbisesGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesHawks and EaglesJaegers and GullsPelicans and CormorantShorebirdsTernsTyrant FlycatchersWoodpeckers

    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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