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Priest River Area/Albeni Dam

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

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

Site Location

Directions: PRIEST RIVER/MUD HOLE: from Priest River, ID 2 E 1 mi; after mp 7, go R (S) into rec area. RILEY CK REC AREA: from Priest River, ID 2 E 8 mi; R (S) into rec area. ALBENI FALLS DAM/VISITOR CENTER: from Priest River, ID 2 W ~4 mi; turn L (S) between mp 2 and 3 into dam site. ALBENI COVE RECREATION AREA: from Priest River, ID 2 W 6 mi to Newport; ID 41 S for 0.4 miles; L (E) on 4th St (which turns into Albeni Cove Rd); 2 mi to park.

Description: Albeni Falls Dam retains scenic Lake Pend Oreille and 25 miles of the Pend Oreille River. Recreational sites along the river contain a variety of wildlife habitats. Waterfowl are most diverse in spring and fall. Nesting Osprey and Bald Eagle can be seen.

More Information:
ACE (208) 437-3133
Priest River Chamber of Commerce 1-888-774-3785

Pend Oreille River
Photo Copyright
Bald Eagle
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneBoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaVisitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsNo HuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsBoat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 35% 35%
other Graph illustrating 15% 15%
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 ALL
Shorebirds N N N N N N N N Y Y N N ALL
Songbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N ALL
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N ALL
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 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 alliesHawks and EaglesWrens 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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