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North Region Sites

Giant White Pine CG/Scenic Byway

Nearest Town: Potlatch
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Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl

Access: Seasonal gate closure-site still accessible. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: The White Pine Scenic Byway starts in Potlatch and goes E on ID 6 and N on ID 3 to I-90 near Coeur d’Alene. To visit the campground, turn E off US 95 at Potlatch junction (16 mi N of Moscow) to Princeton; continue 13 mi E on ID 6 to Giant White Pine Campground.

Description: Panoramic views of farmland, extensive forests, rivers, mountains, and the largest stand of White Pine trees in N America can be seen along the White Pine Scenic Byway. Birds near the campground include Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Red-naped Sapsucker, Pileated and Black-backed Woodpeckers (uncommon, but resident year-round), Barred, Northern Pygmy-Owls (fall-winter), and Red-tailed and Cooper’s Hawks. Various resident and breeding conifer-dependent songbirds include Olive-sided, Hammond’s and Dusky Flycatchers, Gray Jay, Chestnut-backed and Mountain Chickadees, Brown Creeper, Swainson’s and Varied Thrushes, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Cassin’s Vireo, Yellow, Orange-crowned, Townsend’s, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Western Tanager, Fox and Song Sparrows, Pine Siskin, Evening and Pine Grosbeaks (possible in winter), and Red Crossbill.

More Information:
USFS (208) 875-1131
Moscow Chamber of Commerce (1-800-380-1801

The palouse prairie
Photo Copyright Terry Gray
Black-backed Woodpecker
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Audubon's Warbler
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsHuntingNo FishingWater SportsOHV/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?

cedar/hemlock Graph illustrating 30% 30%
low elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 70% 70%

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

    Chickadees and TitmouseCorvidsFinches and alliesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesKinglets and GnatcatcherNuthatches and CreeperOwlsSparrows and alliesTanagersThrushesTyrant 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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