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North Region Sites

Elk River Falls, Pond, and Meadows

Nearest Town: Elk River
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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: ELK CREEK FALLS: on ID 8, east of Moscow, travel to Bovill; S on ID 8 to Elk River; ~3 mi before Elk River, turn R (S) on FR 4769 to Elk Ck Falls. ELK RIVER PONDS: in Elk River, head S out of town 1 mi to Elk River Ponds. ELK CREEK MEADOWS: head N out of Elk River to access extensive meadow system.

Description: At the ponds expect to see Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Common Merganser, and Canada Goose. Forested areas will bring Wild Turkey, Pileated Woodpecker, and Red-naped Sapsucker. Residents and migrants of the area include Violet-green and Tree Swallows, Winter Wren, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Western Tanager, Fox and Song Sparrows, Evening Grosbeak, bluebirds, Townsend’s Solitaire, Hammond’s, Dusky, and Olive-sided Flycatchers, Western Wood-Pewee, Black-chinned, Rufous, and Calliope Hummingbirds.

More Information:
USFS (208) 875-1131
Moscow Chamber of Commerce 1800-380-1801

Middle Elk Creek Falls
Photo Copyright Terry Gray
Violet-green Swallow
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Western Wood-pewee
Photo Copyright Terry Gray

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingWater SportsOHV/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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high elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 20% 20%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 50% 50%
other Graph illustrating 30% 30%

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
Shorebirds N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N
Songbirds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Waterbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Target Species for this Site

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    Bittern, Herons and IbisesChickadees and TitmouseFinches and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsJaegers and GullsKinglets and GnatcatcherNuthatches and CreeperShorebirdsShrikesSparrows and alliesSwallowsTanagersTernsThrushesTyrant 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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