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Southeast Region

Mink Creek Subloop

Nearest Town: Pocatello
Site Size: 15 road miles

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

Access: Year-round. Open sunrise - sunset. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-15 S Exit #63; R (W) on Old Highway 91 for 0.1 mi; L over railroad track on Fort Hall Rd for 0.3 mi; R on Portneuf River Rd for 1.4 mi; L at stop sign on Mink Creek Rd; 3.2 mi enter Caribou National Forest; park in parking area on R (park out of the way-school bus turn-around); cross rd and through gate; walk Kinney Creek Canyon; return to the parking area; zero odometer; continue S; mi 0.7 is a pull-off on R (W) for the Cherry Springs Nature Area; continue S; mi 1.4 L (E) on Scout Mountain Rd (E Fork Mink Creek Rd); follow it uphill; Scout Mountain Rd ends at the Justice Park Campground in 5.5 mi.

Description: Western Scrub-Jay, Virginia’s Warbler, Calliope Hummingbird, and Lesser Goldfinch present. At higher elevations, look for Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, and Red-naped Sapsucker. Breeders include Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks, Western Screech-, Great Horned and Northern Saw-whet Owls, and Lazuli Bunting.

More Information:
USFS (208) 236-7500
Pocatello Chamber of Commerce (208) 233-1525

Mink Creek
Photo Copyright Idaho Travel Council
Cooper's Hawk
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Lesser Goldfinch
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
Red-naped Sapsucker
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsOHV/ATVs AllowedHorseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

low elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 20% 20%
other Graph illustrating 45% 45%
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 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 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y AM
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 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 alliesGoatsuckersGrosbeaks and BuntingsGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsKinglets and GnatcatcherNuthatches and CreeperOwlsSparrows and alliesThrashersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWaxwingsWood 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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