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East Central Region

Williams Lake and Lake Creek Trail

Nearest Town: Salmon
Site Size: ~ 25 miles

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From junction US 93/ID 28 in Salmon, US 93 S for 5.1 mi; R (W) on Williams Ck Rd 2.3 mi; L fork to Williams Lake Rd for 6.7 mi; take R spur (FR 028) for 0.3 mi to Williams Lake Rec Site; continue W on FR 028 for 1.4 mi to FS boat ramp and day use area; go 0.5 mi to Lake Ck Trail parking; trail leads to S side of Williams Lake.

Description: The Lake Creek riparian corridor is most rewarding May-Oct. Look for Rufous Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Warbling Vireo, Tree Swallow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Western Tanager, and Ruffed and Blue Grouse. At the Williams Lake Rec Site, Hairy Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Clark’s Nutcracker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Dark-eyed Junco, and Evening Grosbeak can be seen. North of the campground, watch for Violet-green Swallow, Mountain Bluebird, Spotted Towhee, Lazuli Bunting, Canyon Wren, and Peregrine Falcon. A pair of Red-necked Grebes has taken up summer residence at the west end of Williams Lake.

More Information:
USFS (208) 756-5204
Salmon Chamber of Commerce 1-800-727-2540

William's Lake
Photo Copyright Michelle Gomes
Calliope Hummingbird
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Clark's Nutcracker
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat 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
What do these icons mean?

high elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 20% 20%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 40% 40%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 40% 40%

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

    CorvidsFinches and alliesGrebesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsKinglets and GnatcatcherNuthatches and CreeperSparrows and alliesSwallowsTanagersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWoodpeckersWrens and Dipper


    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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