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North Region Sites

Myrtle Creek/Snow Creek Subloop

Nearest Town: Bonner's Ferry
Site Size: 30 mile loop

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

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

Site Location

Directions: On US 95, N of Bonners Ferry, turn W on Riverside Ave (District 15/CR 18) (this rd is just south of the bridge crossing the Kootenai River); go W 7 mi to West Side Rd; R (N) on West Side Rd to FR 633 (Myrtle Creek Rd); W on FR 633 until it meets FR 661; S on FR 661 (over Cook’s Pass); E onto FR 402 and continue down Snow Creek drainage to CR 13 (Lion’s Den Rd). A side trip to Roman Nose Lake may be reached by turning off FR 661 at junction with FR 402/FR 1007. Allow at least 2 hours more travel time for this side trip.

Description: In the summer of 2003, a forest fire burned the first 5.5 miles of this loop. The burn provides excellent habitat for birds such as warblers, woodpeckers, Spotted Towhee, and Dark-eyed Junco. Watch for American Dipper in the streams. American Pipit is often seen at high elevations near Roman Nose Lake. Listen for Hermit and Swainson’s Thrushes at higher elevations. Grouse and raptors may be spotted anywhere along the route.

More Information:
USFS (208) 267-5561
Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce(208)267-5922

Dark-eyed Junco
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
Lake Pend Orielle
Photo Copyright Idaho Travel Council
Northern Flicker
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson

General Services:
No ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaVisitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/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?

cliffs/talus Graph illustrating 10% 10%
high elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 60% 60%
ponderosa pine Graph illustrating 30% 30%

Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N
Shorebirds N N N N N N N N N N N N ALL
Songbirds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N AM
Upland Birds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Waterbirds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Waterfowl N N N N N N N N N N N 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.

    Accentor and PipitHawks and EaglesSparrows and alliesThrushesWrens 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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