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North Region Sites

Upper Lochsa River

Nearest Town: Lolo, MT
Site Size: 18 linear miles

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

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

Site Location

Directions: 4 sites along US 12 between mp 148 and 165; mp 148 is COLGATE LICKS: take the short hike (0.5 mi) either R or L from parking lot; mp 158 is WHITEHOUSE & WENDOVER CAMPGROUNDS/POND: stop at pond and bird shrubby areas in campground; mp 162 is POWELL: head into ranger station area and bird around schoolhouse and area overlooking the river; mp 167 is DEVOTO MEMORIAL GROVE: walk interpretive trail and carefully cross hwy to hiking loop trail.

Description: COLGATE LICKS: Look for Blue, Spruce, and Ruffed Grouse, Pileated and Hairy Woodpeckers, Steller’s and Gray Jays, Winter Wren, Varied Thrush, Western Tanager, and Rufous and Calliope Hummingbirds. WHITEHOUSE & WENDOVER CAMPGROUND/POND: Look for Harlequin Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, Bald Eagle (winter only), grouse, hummingbirds, Northern Waterthrush, Ring-necked Duck (spring), Vaux’s Swift, Steller’s Jay, Varied Thrush, swallows, Warbling and Cassin’s Vireos, and Townsend’s and MacGillivray’s Warblers. POWELL: Harlequin Duck, Willow Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, American Redstart, and Pine Siskin. DEVOTO GROVE: Townsend’s and MacGillivray’s Warblers, and Cedar Waxwing can be seen.

More Information:
USFS (208) 942-3113
Missoula, MT Chamber of Commerce (406) 543-6623

Cedar Waxwing
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
Hairy Woodpecker
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Warbling Vireo
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterInterpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
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high elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 25% 25%
low elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 45% 45%
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 N N N N Y Y Y N N N N N ALL
Shorebirds N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N
Songbirds N N N N Y Y Y N N N N N AM
Upland Birds N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N ALL
Waterbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterfowl N N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N N ALL
Target Species for this Site

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    Blackbirds and alliesCorvidsFinches and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsKingfisherShorebirdsSparrows and alliesSwallowsSwiftsTanagersThrashersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWaxwingsWood 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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