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Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area/Waha Lake

Nearest Town: Lewiston
Site Size: 78,000 acres

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

Access: Open late May - October 31. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: (see map for site N42); US 12 into Lewiston city center; cross S over the Clearwater River; at the 5-way intersection, follow signs to 21st St and Thain Rd; drive S on 21 St through Lewiston Orchards and the rd becomes Thain Rd; stay on this rd as it becomes 2 lanes, and changes names again to 14th St and finally Ripon Ave and turns E; progress down a hill and come out on Lower Tammany Ck Rd 505 (P2); when you come to Y intersection, turn R (S) onto Waha Rd (CR 540) for 7.7 mi to Redbird Rd. REDBIRD RD (use map below): turn R (W) onto Redbird Rd just N of Waha Lake for 1.7 miles to IDFG rd on the L (S); drive IDFG rd S ~2 mi to parking area (Captain John’s Access); backtrack to Redbird Rd and continue W to other parking area (Redbird Access). WAHA LAKE: backtrack to Waha Rd and continue S for 1.8 mi to intersection; R at intersection to lake. CRAIG MTN WMA AND SOLDIERS MEADOW RES: backtrack from Waha Lake to intersection and continue E for 1 mi to where gravel begins; continue S on Zaza Rd (CR 541) for another 5 mi to intersection with CR 575 (Soldiers Meadow Rd). TWO CHOICES: 1) SOLDIERS MEADOW RESERVOIR: zero odometer; continue E on Soldiers Meadow Rd for 2.7 mi to reservoir. 2) CRAIG MOUNTAIN WMA: turn R (S) on Zaza Rd 0.9 mi to parking at Kruze Meadows; then continue S on Zaza Rd 5.1 mi to sign for Eagle Ck Rd and hike rd behind the gate on the NW side of the rd; cut up to ridgetop for a view of the Snake River Canyon; continue S to the ghost town of Zaza at mi 9.6; rd is not maintained from here on, but at mi 12.4 CR 540 will climb for another view of the Snake River Canyon.

Description: At Craig Mountain WMA, the flora and fauna are as diverse as its habitat and terrain. At least 133 bird species have been recorded here. Gamebirds include Wild Turkey, Blue and Ruffed Grouse, Chukar, and Mourning Dove. These areas also host small populations of the "sensitive species" Mountain Quail. Look for Yellow Warbler, Western Wood-Pewee, Cassin’s Finch, Pileated Woodpecker, Pygmy Nuthatch, Flammulated and Great Gray Owls, and Northern Goshawk.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 799-5010
Lewiston Chamber of Commerce 1-8-473-3531

Craig Mountain
Photo Copyright IDFG
Flammulated Owl
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Mountain Quail
Photo Copyright Dave Appleton

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsNo HuntingNo FishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
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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 N N N N N N N N N N
Songbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N N N
Upland Birds Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Waterbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
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.

    Blackbirds and alliesChickadees and TitmouseFinches and alliesGoatsuckersGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesKinglets and GnatcatcherLarkNuthatches and CreeperOwlsPigeons and DovesQuailShorebirdsTanagersThrushesTyrant 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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