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North Region Sites

Marble Creek/Hobo Pass/Merry Creek Subloop

Nearest Town: Clarkia
Site Size: 28 linear miles

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

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

Site Location

Directions: From St. Maries, at junction of ID 3/ID 5, take ID 3 N; R (N) at mp 85 onto FR 50 (St. Joe River Rd) (see site N29) continue E on FR 50 to Marble Creek; R (S) on FR 321 for 28 mi to Clarkia; when descending Hobo Summit on Merry Creek, turn L (E) onto FR 3357 for 2 mi to access Hobo Cedar Grove.

Description: Hobo Cedar Grove is an ancient grove of western red cedar trees that provides a present-day glimpse at what the surrounding landscape may have looked like historically. This drive features Harlequin Duck and American Dipper along Marble Creek and Fox Sparrow should be watched and listened for.

More Information:
USFS (208) 245-2531
St. Maries Chamber of Commerce (208) 245-3563

Cedar Grove
Photo Copyright Giancarlo Sadoti
Fox Sparrow
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Harlequin duck image- IDFG.jpg
Harlequin Duck
Photo Copyright IDFG

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneBoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingWater SportsOHV/ATVs AllowedHorseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
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low elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 30% 30%
other Graph illustrating 40% 40%
riverine riparian 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 PM
Shorebirds N N N N N Y Y Y N N N N ALL
Shorebirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Songbirds N N N N N Y Y N N N N N AM
Upland Birds N N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N AM
Waterfowl N N N N N Y Y N N N N N ALL
Target Species for this Site

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    Chickadees and TitmouseCorvidsGeese, Swans and DucksGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesKingfisherNuthatches and CreeperOwlsSparrows and alliesThrushesWoodpeckersWrens 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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