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North Region Sites

Chain Lakes/Lane Marsh

Nearest Town: Coeur d'Alene
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Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-90 Exit #34 (~20 mi E of Coeur d’Alene), S on ID 3 to mp 112.4; R (W) onto Killarney Lk Rd (CR 219) for ~3.5 mi to picnic area; return to ID 3 and continue S to Black Lk Rd (mp 111.1); Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes access crosses Lane Marsh here. Backtrack to ID 3; S for 4.6 mi to Rainy Hills Rd (mp 106.7); R (W) on Rainy Hills Rd which leads to Medimont Rd; R (N) to trailhead.

Description: This 13-mile stretch of the Coeur d’Alene River is bordered by numerous shallow lakes and marshy wetlands - an excellent area for canoeing. Near the entrance road to Killarney Lake, look for Lewis’s and Pileated Woodpeckers along the meadow/forest edge north of the road. At the lake, you may see Cordilleran Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, Townsend’s and MacGillivray’s Warblers, and Western Tanager. At Lane Marsh, American Bittern, Sora, and Common Yellowthroat may be seen or heard. Watch for Bald Eagle. At the intersection of Rainy Hills Rd and Medimont Rd, look for Bonaparte’s Gull, Tundra Swan, and Western Grebe.

More Information:
BLM (208) 756-5000
Historic Silver Valley Ch. Of Com. (208) 784-0821'alenes.html

Eastern Kingbird
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Pileated Woodpecker
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsNo HuntingNo FishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 20% 20%
other Graph illustrating 5% 5%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 75% 75%

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
Shorebirds N N Y Y N N N Y Y Y N N
Songbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N N N
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Waterbirds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Waterfowl Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
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 PipitBlackbirds and alliesChickadees and TitmouseCorvidsGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesGrosbeaks and BuntingsGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesJaegers and GullsLoonNuthatches and CreeperOwlsRails and CootsShorebirdsShrikesSparrows and alliesSwallowsTanagersTernsThrashersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWood 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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