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Southeast Region

Alexander Reservoir

Nearest Town: Soda Springs
Site Size: 1200 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: N SIDE: from Soda Springs, US 30/ID 34 W; L (S) at mp 399.9 onto Soda Power Plant Rd; go 0.6 mi; return to ID 34; continue W; L (S) at mp 402.4 to picnic area and L at mp 404 to El Toro to view N side of reservoir. S SIDE: from Soda Springs, L (S) on S 3rd W St at ID 34 mp 404.6; R (W) on W 4th S St (2nd Bridge Rd) (past hospital); cross river; rd ends in 3.5 mi.

Description: In April and May, Common Loon and a variety of duck species can be found. Common summer birds include Western Grebe, American White Pelican, and Forster’s Tern. Near the east end, look for Marbled Godwit and American Avocet. In winter, look for Trumpeter Swan, Barrow’s and Common Goldeneyes, and Common Merganser. Along the southern edge, look for the Osprey nest platform. Bald Eagle can also be seen regularly in the summer as there is a nest territory on the south side of the reservoir.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 232-4703
Soda Springs Chamber of Commerce (208) 547-4964

American White Pelican
Photo Copyright Brian Currie
Barrow's Goldeneye
Photo Copyright Brian Currie
Photo Copyright Ryan Brady

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsNo HuntingFishingWater SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
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marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 80% 80%

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 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N ALL
Songbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N N ALL
Waterfowl Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 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.

    Geese, Swans and DucksGrebesHawks and EaglesLoonPelicans and CormorantShorebirdsTerns


    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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