skip to the main content area of this page
Idaho Birding Trail LogoMale Sage GrouseMountain Bluebird
Southeast Region

Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Town: Ririe
Site Size: 31000 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Idaho Falls, at jct of US 26/ID 43, US 26 N 12.7 mi; R (S) on Meadow Ck Rd (145th E); zero odometer; mi 3 rd becomes gravel; mi 6.2 R at fork; descend; mi 8.2 go straight (L) at fork; mi 10.7 R at moose sign; mi 12.4 Tex Creek WMA HQ; see map below; use HQ as starting point for the 4 birding areas: the Granary, Indian Fork, Upper Meadow Creek, and Tex Creek (SW of HQ).

Description: Best birded in spring and summer. Greater Sage- and Sharp-tailed Grouse and Gray Partridge are found in the dry shrub-lands. Forest and riparian areas provide food and shelter for Blue and Ruffed Grouse. Beaver ponds and constructed impoundments provide duck and goose nesting habitat. Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper, American Goldfinch, shrikes, and Chipping Sparrow inhabit the forest, riparian and upland communities. Bald and Golden Eagles, Northern Goshawk, and American Kestrel also frequent the area. Grasshopper Sparrows are relatively common in the fields west of the headquarters. Great Horned Owl can often be seen near the hay shed.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 525-7290
Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce (208)523-1010

American Kestrel
Photo Copyright Ryan Brady
Brown Creeper
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Photo Copyright IDFG

General Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo 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
What do these icons mean?

other Graph illustrating 20% 20%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 15% 15%
sage/shrub 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 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 AM
Upland Birds N N Y Y Y N N N Y Y N N
Waterbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N ALL
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y N N N N N N 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.

    Blackbirds and alliesChickadees and TitmouseGrosbeaks and BuntingsGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsKinglets and GnatcatcherNuthatches and CreeperSparrows and alliesStork and VultureTanagersWood 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

    New! Browse the Idaho Birding Trail in Google Maps or Google Earth