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Moose Creek Reservoir

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

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

Site Location

Directions: From Moscow, ID 8 E through Deary to mp 38.1; L (N) onto FR 281 (signed and just before Bovill); follow FR 281 for ~2 miles to reservoir.

Description: During spring along FR 281 into Moose Creek Reservoir, check the riparian brush for Black-chinned Hummingbird, Dusky Flycatcher, House Wren, Yellow, Townsend’s, Orange-crowned, and MacGillivray’s Warblers. During the winter look for Black-capped Chickadee, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Cassin’s and House Finches, Pine Siskin, and American Goldfinch. At the lake, during the spring and summer, play tapes for Sora and Virginia Rail, and look for yellowlegs, Wilson’s Snipe and Phalarope, and Marsh Wren. The campground often has Red-naped Sapsucker, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, Black-capped, Mountain, and Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches, and Varied Thrush.

More Information:
Latah County Parks and Recreation (208) 882-8580
Moscow Chamber of Commerce (208) 882-1800

Moose Creek Reservoir
Photo Copyright Terry Gray
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneBoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingWater 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
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low elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 30% 30%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 70% 70%

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

    Chickadees and TitmouseFinches and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsKinglets and GnatcatcherNuthatches and CreeperOwlsRails and CootsShorebirdsThrushesTyrant FlycatchersWood 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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