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North Region Sites

Grangeville Area

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

Access: Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: TOLO LAKE: from Grangeville, US 95 S; W onto Tolo Lake Rd; go ~5 mi to John Creek Rd; L (S) for 0.25 mi; lake on L. MT IDAHO AREA: In Grangeville, E on Main St (ID 13); R (S) onto Mt Idaho Rd; in ~1 mi, go straight at curve on FR 221 for 7.5 mi to Fish Creek Meadows.

Description: TOLO LAKE: This lake is the largest natural water body on the Camas Prairie. In peak waterfowl passage up to 10 species can be seen. Less common species recorded here include Trumpeter Swan, Snow and Ross’s Geese, Greater Scaup, Bonaparte’s Gull, Common Tern, and Wilson’s Phalarope. Long-billed Curlew can be found in the grassland between Grangeville and the lake. Raptors can be found in the grasslands all year, especially Red-tailed Hawk and Northern Harrier; Rough-legged Hawk present in winter. Short-eared Owl occasionally seen in the area. Songbirds include Horned Lark, Western Meadowlark, Brewer’s Blackbird, and Savannah Sparrow. MT IDAHO AREA: This area is good for typical forest birds including Ruffed Grouse and Williamson’s Sapsucker.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 799-5010
Grangeville Chamber of Commerce (208)983-0460

Grangeville area
Photo Copyright Terry Gray
Long-billed Curlew
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Tolo Lake
Photo Copyright Terry Gray
Western Meadowlark
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson

General Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water 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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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 N
Shorebirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N N N
Songbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Waterbirds N N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Target Species for this Site

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    Blackbirds and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesJaegers and GullsLarkOwlsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesTernsWoodpeckers


    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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