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East Central Region

Island Park-City of Salmon

Nearest Town: Salmon
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Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: In Salmon, turn L (S) onto the park access rd from Main St; Island Park is located under the Main St Bridge spanning the Salmon River.

Description: The park sits on a long, narrow island surrounded by the Salmon River. The east channel is a favorite year-round spot for Mallard and feeding site for Great Blue Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, American Dipper, and Belted Kingfisher. In winter, Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye can be seen. Bald Eagle occasionally forage along the river channels in winter, and a pair of nesting Osprey can be easily viewed from April through Sept. Other raptors, including Red-tailed, Sharp-shinned, and Cooper’s Hawks, American Kestrel, and Great Horned Owl are present year-round. Typical summer resident songbirds are Western Wood-Pewee, Tree and Violet-green Swallows, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler, Western Tanager, and Bullock’s Oriole. Also look for Common Nighthawk and Northern Flicker. Large flocks of Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings can be seen on occasion in winter.

More Information:
City of Salmon (208) 756-2414
Salmon Valley Chamberr of Commerce 1-800-727-2540

Cedar Waxwing
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Mallard pair
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
Western Wood-Pewee
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsNo HuntingFishingNo Water SportsOHV/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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other Graph illustrating 10% 10%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 50% 50%

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 N N N
Songbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N N Y 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.

    Bittern, Herons and IbisesBlackbirds and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGoatsuckersHawks and EaglesKingfisherOwlsShorebirdsSwallowsTanagersThrashersTyrant FlycatchersWaxwingsWood 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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