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East Central Region

Morgan Bar Recreation Area

Nearest Town: Salmon
Site Size: 12 acres

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

Access: Year-round. May freeze in winter. Snow may limit vehicle access. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Salmon, US 93 N for ~3.7 mi to mp 308.9; L (W) onto Diamond Creek Rd (at the Lemhi Co. Fairgrounds); follow the "Morgan Bar Recreation Site" signs about 1.5 miles N; site is located on the R along the Salmon River.

Description: With nearly a mile of river access and a trail meandering around a wetland and willows, Morgan Bar is a productive birding site for riparian species. Canada Goose, Mallard, Green-winged Teal and Common Merganser frequent this stretch of river. Watch for the more elusive Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser that nest in nearby cottonwood cavities. Great Blue Heron are commonly observed. Bald Eagle can be seen in this reach year-round. An Osprey pair occupies a nesting structure along the riverbank from April through mid-Sept. Listen for Sora, Wilson’s Snipe, and Marsh Wren in the wetland areas and scan the riverbanks for glimpses of Spotted Sandpiper and American Dipper. Look for Common Nighthawk, Tree, Violet-green, Northern Rough-winged, Cliff, and Barn Swallows, Lewis’s Woodpecker, and Mountain Bluebird. Other summer residents include Yellow Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Say’s Phoebe, and Eastern and Western Kingbirds. In the rocky canyons to the west of Morgan Bar, listen for Chukar and Canyon and Rock Wrens.

More Information:
BLM (208) 656-5400
Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce 1-800-727-2540

Marsh Wren
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Hooded Merganser
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
Barn Swallow
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson

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

marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 15% 15%
other Graph illustrating 20% 20%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 65% 65%

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

    Bittern, Herons and IbisesGeese, Swans and DucksGoatsuckersGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesRails and CootsShorebirdsSwallowsThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWood 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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