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Southeast Region

Blackfoot River Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Town: Soda Springs
Site Size: 2400 acres, 7 mi of river

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

Access: Year-round. Snow may limit vehicle access. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: In Soda Springs, ID 34 N for ~11 mi; R (E) on Blackfoot River Rd at mp 69.9; zero odometer; travel 10.4 mi; stay to the L as rd turns to gravel at mi 10.9; mi 13.7 pass Mill Canyon Campground; mi 14.7 is WMA; re-zero odometer; parking areas at mi 0.6 and mi 1.3; mi 1.5 turn R to additional parking at mi 2.5 and mi 3.0.

Description: Mountain Bluebird, Savannah and Vesper Sparrows, Yellow Warbler, Cliff Swallow, American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, and Ruffed and Blue Grouse breed in the area. Bald Eagle and Trumpeter Swan are frequently seen in early spring and late fall. Waterfowl including Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Canada Goose, and teal nest on the WMA. Courtship displays of several pairs of Sandhill Crane can be seen in the spring, along with shorebirds such as Wilson’s Snipe, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Spotted Sandpiper, Sora, and Killdeer. Forest areas provide habitat for Great Gray Owl and Blue and Ruffed Grouse. Yellow, Yellow-rumped, and MacGillivray’s Warblers, Vesper, Chipping, and Savannah Sparrows, American Goldfinch, Lazuli Bunting, Western Kingbird, Evening Grosbeak, Green-tailed Towhee, Steller’s Jay, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Willow Flycatcher can be seen. Bald and Golden Eagles, Swainson’s, Red-tailed, and Rough-legged Hawks, and Northern Harrier also frequent the area.

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

American Goldfinch
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Red-tailed Hawk
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Western Kingbird
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo 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?

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riverine riparian Graph illustrating 50% 50%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 20% 20%

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 Y N ALL
Shorebirds N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N N ALL
Songbirds N N N N Y Y Y N N N N N AM
Upland Birds N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N N ALL
Waterbirds N N N Y Y Y Y N 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 alliesCorvidsCranesFinches and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesKinglets and GnatcatcherOwlsRails and CootsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesSwallowsThrushesTyrant FlycatchersWood WarblersWoodpeckers


    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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