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East Central Region

Lewis and Clark Backcountry Byway

Nearest Town: Salmon
Site Size: 39 mile loop

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

Access: Open May-October. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Salmon, ID 28 S for 19.4 mi to Tendoy; L (E) at mp 115.5 for 0.2 mi to T intersection; L (N) onto Lemhi Backroad for 3.5 mi; R (E) on Warm Spring Wood Rd (FR 185); follow up to Continental Divide (mp 18) and meander S to Horseshoe Bend Creek (mp 23) and Lemhi Pass (mp 25); R (W) on Agency Creek Rd to descend to Tendoy.

Description: In the open sagebrush hills, look for Northern Harrier, Golden Eagle, Greater Sage-Grouse, Horned Lark, Rock Wren, Mountain Bluebird, Sage Thrasher, Lazuli Bunting, Green-tailed Towhee, Brewer’s and Vesper Sparrows, and Brewer’s Blackbird. In the Douglas-fir and lodgepole pine forest, look for Blue Grouse, Great Gray Owl, Hammond’s and Dusky Flycatchers, Cassin’s Finch, Northern Goshawk, Gray and Steller’s Jays, Mountain Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes, Pine Grosbeak, and Red Crossbill. In scattered aspen stands and riparian zones possible species include Ruffed Grouse, Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks, Northern Goshawk, Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds, Veery, and Spotted Towhee.

More Information:
USFS (208) 768-2500
Salmon Chamber of Commerce 1-800-727-2540

Lewis & Clark Byway
Photo Copyright Idaho Travel Council
Calliope Hummingbird
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Horned Lark
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaVisitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsOHV/ATVs AllowedHorseback 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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high elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 35% 35%
other Graph illustrating 30% 30%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 35% 35%

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

    Blackbirds and alliesChickadees and TitmouseCorvidsFinches and alliesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsKinglets and GnatcatcherLarkNuthatches and CreeperOwlsPigeons and DovesSparrows and alliesThrashersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersWood WarblersWoodpeckersWrens 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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