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North Region Sites

Salmon River Road

Nearest Town: Riggins
Site Size: 20 linear miles

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Riggins, US 95 S for ~1 mi; L (E) on Big Salmon River Rd (CR 1614/FR 103); zero odometer; road parallels the Salmon River for 20+ mi.

Description: All along the Salmon River, Lewis’s Woodpecker abound. Check Allison Ck (mp 9.7) and Spring Bar Campground (mp 10.4) for riparian species. Also check Van Ck (mp 11.2), Elkhorn Ck (mp 14.7), and Carry Ck (mp 23.2). These areas are good for American Kestrel, Northern Flicker, Mountain Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing, Red-eyed Vireo, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Song Sparrow, and Lazuli Bunting in spring and fall. Look for Bald Eagle, Northern Flicker, Hairy Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Black-capped Chickadee during the winter. Check rock areas for White-throated Swift, Canyon Wren, and Chukar. Walk across the Wind River foot-bridge to explore the 1992 Scott Fire area for woodpeckers.

More Information:
BLM (208) 962-3245
Riggins Chamber of Commerce (208)628-3778

Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Lazuli Bunting
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Mountain Chickadee
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaVisitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsNo HuntingNo FishingNo 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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grassland Graph illustrating 30% 30%
other Graph illustrating 50% 50%
ponderosa pine Graph illustrating 20% 20%

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 Y N N N ALL
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 N N N N N N N N N N N N
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 alliesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesKingfisherKinglets and GnatcatcherOwlsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesSwallowsSwiftsTanagersVireosWaxwingsWood 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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