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Boundary Creek Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Town: Bonners Ferry
Site Size: 1400 acres

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

Access: Open sunrise - sunset. May freeze in winter. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Bonners Ferry, US 95 N; go ~14.5 mi to ID 1; ID 1 N for ~2.2 mi; L (W) on Copeland Rd (formerly CR 45) at "Sportsman’s Access" sign toward Copeland; in ~3.5 mi turn R (N) on West Side Rd; follow West Side Rd to the WMA, keeping R at the Y intersection with FR 281 (at Grizzly Bear sign) and R again at the Y intersection with Boundary Creek Rd.

Description: Ruffed Grouse are common in both the coniferous forest and the floodplain forest along BoundaryCreek. Small numbers of Wild Turkey occur throughout the year near the forested habitat on the western portion of the WMA. During April, surface water accumulations support thousands of migrating waterfowl, primarily Tundra Swan, Canada Goose, White-fronted Goose, Northern Pintail, and Mallard. By late May, Boundary Creek flows peak, filling the floodplain wetlands. Water levels remain high in the old Smith Creek channels, providing area for Wood Duck and Mallard broods. Nongame species frequently observed at the WMA include Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Great Horned Owl, and Great Blue Heron.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 769-1414
Bonners Ferry (208) 267- 5922

Spotted Sandpiper
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
White-fronted Goose
Photo Copyright IDFG

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingNo FishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

grassland Graph illustrating 20% 20%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 65% 65%
other Graph illustrating 15% 15%

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

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    Bittern, Herons and IbisesBlackbirds and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesOwlsRails and CootsShorebirdsTyrant Flycatchers


    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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