skip to the main content area of this page
Idaho Birding Trail LogoMale Sage GrouseMountain Bluebird
North Region

North Region Sites

Thompson/Anderson Lakes

Nearest Town: Harrison
Site Size: 1000+ acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-90 Exit #22 (E of CDA); ID 97 S ~28 mi; L (NE) on Blue Lake Rd; Anderson Lake is S and Thompson Lake is N; Harrison is 1.5 mi farther S on ID 97.

Description: Anderson and Thompson Lakes are part of the Coeur D’Alene River WMA. Along Blue Lake Rd, look for Tundra Swan, and waterfowl. Eurasian Wigeon may be seen amongst the large flocks of waterfowl during migration. During the winter, American Tree and Swamp Sparrows as well as Northern Shrike have been seen. Common summer visitors include Canada Goose, Yellow Warbler, Black Tern, and Violet-green Swallow. Nesting Osprey are abundant - look up at the utility poles! At the lakes, look for Pied-billed, Red-necked, and Horned Grebes.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 769-1414
Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce 1-877-782-9232

Thompson Marsh
Photo Copyright IDFG
Eurasian Wigeon
Photo Copyright Ketih Carlson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaObservation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaObservation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 75% 75%
other Graph illustrating 15% 15%
ponderosa pine Graph illustrating 10% 10%

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 Y Y
Shorebirds N N N Y Y N N Y Y Y N N
Songbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N
Upland Birds N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N
Waterbirds N N N N N 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.

    Bittern, Herons and IbisesCorvidsGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesKingfisherPigeons and DovesRails and CootsShorebirdsShrikesSparrows and alliesSwallowsTernsTyrant FlycatchersWaxwingsWood 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

    New! Browse the Idaho Birding Trail in Google Maps or Google Earth