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Hope Subloop

Nearest Town: Hope
Site Size: 10-15 miles auto tour

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

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

Site Location

Directions: From Sandpoint, US 95 N; E on ID 200 toward Hope; many pull-outs for viewing; pass Hope and East Hope and turn R (W) to Sam Owen Park (daily fee is required to access the beach, picnic area and day use area.); continue S on ID 200 to view Denton Slough; mp 51.5 R on gravel rd to drift yard and river; continue S on ID 200 to mp 55.3; R to Johnson Creek Sportsman’s Access; go 4 mi.

Description: Hope provides good viewing opportunities for Common Loon in Oct, as well as for many grebe species. Denton Slough is a Western Grebe nesting area (30+ nests) with courtship displays in June. Summer waterbirds also include Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, and Black Tern. Thousands of waterfowl (American Wigeon, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Tundra Swan, Canada Goose) use Denton Slough during migration. At Johnson Creek, swallows, warblers, flycatchers, Eastern Kingbird, Bald Eagle, and Common Merganser can be seen in the spring and summer.

More Information:
Hope Chamber of Commerce (288) 266-1552
Hope Chamber of Commerce (208) 266-1552

Land Pend Oreille
Photo Copyright Terry Gray
Black Terns
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneBoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableBoat RampConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingWater SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo 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 35% 35%
other Graph illustrating 35% 35%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 30% 30%

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 N Y Y N N N AM
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 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.

    Accentor and PipitBittern, Herons and IbisesBlackbirds and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesGrosbeaks and BuntingsHawks and EaglesJaegers and GullsKingfisherOwlsPelicans and CormorantRails and CootsSwiftsTernsThrashersTyrant FlycatchersVireosWood 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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