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Southwest Region

Brundage Subloop

Nearest Town: McCall
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Highlights: Raptors, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterfowl

Access: Snow may limit vehicle access. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From McCall, ID 55 W 5.4 mi; R (N) onto Brundage Mountain Rd (Goose Lake Rd, FR 257) at mp 149.6; zero odometer; stay straight past the turn-off into the ski area at mi 3.8; rd becomes dirt; at mi 6.8 rd forks; re-zero odometer; 2 CHOICES: 1) GOOSE LAKE/HAZARD LAKES: stay L on FR257; continue for 2.9 mi; pass Grouse Creek Campground at mi 3.6; L at mi 3.8 onto unmarked dirt road to Goose Lake Dam; explore dam; return to FR 257 and continue N; mi 14.8 enter Hazard Lakes. 2) BRUNDAGE RESERVOIR/GRANITE LAKE: R at fork onto FR 281; follow rd 1.5 mi to Brundage Reservoir; continue N following Granite Lake signs; mi 5.4 parking on L next to lake.

Description: These routes pass through higher elevation mixed conifer forest and spruce-fir forest. Look for Red-necked Grebe, Osprey and Bald Eagle at the lake. Vaux’s Swift and Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds can occur along the shoreline. The surrounding forest offers a good variety of nuthatches and woodpeckers (particularly Hairy, American Three-toed, and Pileated Woodpeckers). Spruce Grouse, Western Tanager, and a variety of warblers can also be seen. Watch for American Dipper along the stream.

More Information:
USFS (208) 634-0700
McCall Chamber of Commerce (208) 634-7631

American Three-toed Woodpecker
Photo Copyright Tom Muncon
Western Tanager
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Yellow Warbler
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
No ParkingNo RestroomsNo 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
What do these icons mean?

high elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 60% 60%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 40% 40%

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
Songbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N AM
Upland Birds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Target Species for this Site

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    CorvidsFinches and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsLoonNuthatches and CreeperOwlsSwiftsTanagersWood 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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