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East Central Region

Hot Springs Island

Nearest Town: Salmon
Site Size: 30 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Snow may limit vehicle access. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Salmon, US 93 N ~8.5 mi; L (W) at mp 313.7 into graveled parking area enclosed by a post-and-pole fence; park here and access site by dirt rd leading S; caution when pulling into and out of parking area from US 93!

Description: Hot Springs Island is one of the best locations along the Upper Salmon River to view the nesting and foraging behavior of Lewis’s Woodpecker. Side and braided river channels create excellent pools and slow-water areas for waterfowl, waterbirds, and shorebirds. Wood Duck (March-Oct), Green-winged Teal (March-Nov), Osprey (April-Sept), Sandhill Crane (April-Oct), Spotted Sandpiper (April-Oct), Lewis’s Woodpecker (May-Oct), and Pileated Woodpecker (Oct-Feb) can be found at this site. In addition, Tower Rock Recreation Site (1.3 miles north on US 93), offers excellent viewing for cliff-nesting birds such as White-throated Swift, Cliff Swallow, Canyon Wren, Say’s Phoebe, and Peregrine Falcon.

More Information:
BLM (208) 756-5400
Salmon Chamber of Commerce 1-800-727-2540


Photos
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Green-winged Teal
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
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Lewis's Woodpecker
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Facilities

General Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedHorseback 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
grassland Graph illustrating 10% 10%
other Graph illustrating 5% 5%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 85% 85%

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
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 N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Waterfowl Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
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.

    CranesGeese, Swans and DucksHawks and EaglesShorebirdsSwallowsSwiftsTyrant FlycatchersWoodpeckersWrens and Dipper

    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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