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Red River Wildlife Management Area/Elk City Area

Nearest Town: Elk City
Site Size: 314 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Seasonal nesting closure. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Grangeville, ID 13 E for 12 mi; ID 14 S toward Elk City for 50 mi; S at mp 46.7 (before Elk City) on FR 222 10 mi; WMA on right side of rd.

Description: While driving along the rivers, look for Belted Kingfisher and American Dipper. At milepost 48.3 on ID 14, the broad meadow often holds Tundra Swan and Snow Goose in April/May. Various ducks, Sora, and some shorebirds can be seen here as well. At mile 48.3, check the sewage ponds to the south for Wood Duck. In downtown Elk City, check the willows and wetlands surrounding the rodeo grounds for Sora, Wilson’s Snipe, Willow Flycatcher, and Yellow Warbler. For forest birds, check out the “blue diamond” hiking/snowmobile trail that starts 0.1 mile past the Elk City Ranger Station (follow the signs to the station). Look for Pileated and American Three-toed Woodpeckers, Western Tanager, and Pine Grosbeak. At Red River WMA, breeding waterfowl in the spring, and during summer, look for Spotted Sandpiper, Violet-green Swallow, Willow Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, and Savannah Sparrow. Hike the edge of meadows surrounded by Englemann spruce/lodgepole pines for Spruce Grouse. 4.3 miles past the WMA, at the Red River Chinook Viewing Area (look for signs), keep an eye out for Vaux’s Swift and American Dipper.

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

Red River WMA
Photo Copyright Miles Benker
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Pine Grosbeak
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsPhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundNo Picnic AreaObservation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsOHV/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 N N N N N N N N N N N N
Shorebirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N N N ALL
Songbirds N N N N Y Y Y Y N N N N AM
Upland Birds Y N N N N N N N N Y Y Y
Waterbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterfowl N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N N N ALL
Target Species for this Site

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    Finches and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrouse and TurkeyKingfisherRails and CootsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesSwallowsSwiftsTanagersTyrant 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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