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North Region Sites

Polluck-Little Salmon River

Nearest Town: Riggins
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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: From Riggins, US 95 S for 9 mi to Pollock; 3 spots to look for Mountain Quail: FUZI RD: parallels US 95 to the E; N terminus is at US 95 mp 186.2, and S end is at US 95 mp 185.3; DENNY CREEK ACCESS RD: heads E from Fuzi Rd, ~0.1 mi N of Fuzi Rd’s southern end. SLAUGHTER GULCH: US 95 S to mp 183.9; R (W) onto FR 624. Check draws for quail.

Description: Mountain Quail are in the area all year, but easiest to see in the fall. Along the Little Salmon River, look for Common Merganser, Belted Kingfisher, and American Dipper. In ponderosa pine areas, White-headed Woodpecker have been seen. In spring and summer, watch for Say’s Phoebe, Western and Eastern Kingbirds, Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, and Pine Siskin. Denny Ck Rd is also good for Wild Turkey, Gray Partridge, and Chukar.

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

Salmon River
Photo Copyright Idaho Travel Council
Say's Phoebe
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
Western Kingbird
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
White-headed Woodpecker
Photo Copyright Tom Munson

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaVisitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingWater SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedHorseback 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 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
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

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    Finches and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrouse and TurkeyKingfisherQuailSparrows and alliesTanagersTyrant 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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