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Winchester Lake State Park

Nearest Town: Winchester
Site Size: 418 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Admission Fee

Site Location

Directions: At mp 278 on US 95 turn W onto US 95A for 2.1 mi to the lake; SW of the lake on Forest Rd is the Wolf Education Center; following Forest Rd S to Soldiers Meadow Rd will allow you to visit Craig Mountain/Waha Lake site (N43).

Description: Winchester Lake is located at the eastern foot of Craig Mountain, surrounded by conifers and brushy hillsides, with a small marsh at the lake inlet. Ruffed Grouse, Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches, Common Loon, Evening Grosbeak, Steller’s Jay, and several waterfowl species are commonly found at the park. Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, and Northern Goshawk are rare but present. There is a nature trail next to the park HQ and other trails around the lake.

More Information:
IDPR (208) 924-7563
Lewiston Chamber of Commerce 1-800-473-3543

Winchester Lake State Park
Photo Copyright Idaho Travel Council
White-breasted Nuthatch
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Evening Grosbeak
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaVisitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsNo HuntingFishingWater SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaVisitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking Trails
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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 N N N N N N N N
Songbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N N N
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Waterbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterfowl Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
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.

    Bittern, Herons and IbisesChickadees and TitmouseCorvidsFinches and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsKinglets and GnatcatcherLoonNuthatches and CreeperOwlsPelicans and CormorantShorebirdsTanagersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWood 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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