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Southwest Region

Lake Cascade-East

Nearest Town: Cascade
Site Size: 28,300 acres of water surface plus 6,000 acres

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

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

Site Location

Directions: In Donnelly, S on ID 55 to mp 127; R (W) onto W 4 Ln; L (S) on Old State Rd for 2.6 mi; park at gate; walk along old rd bed; back to ID 55; S to mp 121.9; R (W) on rd to Stonebreaker Lane; at rd’s end is boat ramp; back to ID 55; S to Cascade; R at the Shell Station; continue to Lakeshore Dr; S on Lakeshore Dr; use campgrounds and pull-outs to bird.

Description: Lake Cascade is rimmed on the east by open fields and on the west by coniferous forest. When the reservoir is full in summer, it is best to observe from the road; when it is drawn down in the spring, fall, and winter, you can walk the shoreline. Mudflats around the reservoir are good for viewing migrating shorebirds and waterfowl. The numerous small streams and ponds that dot the mudflats provide a vast open area for waterbirds until the reservoir fills. Waterbirds are the main attraction, but avoid all nesting areas from Feb 15-July 15. Birds that can be seen include Bald Eagle, Osprey, Swainson’s and Rough-legged Hawks, Tundra and Trumpeter Swans, American White Pelican, Western and Pied-billed Grebes, Common and Pacific Loons, Sora, Virginia Rail, Marsh Wren, and Snow and Ross’s Geese.

More Information:
USBR (208) 382-4258
Cascade (208) 382-6544

American White Pelicans
Photo Copyright Deniz Aygen
Bald Eagle
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Western Grebe
Photo Copyright Brian Currie

General Services:
ParkingNo RestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsHuntingFishingWater 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
What do these icons mean?

agriculture Graph illustrating 5% 5%
grassland Graph illustrating 5% 5%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 90% 90%

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 ALL
Shorebirds N N N Y Y N N Y Y N N N ALL
Songbirds N N N N Y Y Y N N N N N ALL
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N N N ALL
Waterfowl N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N ALL
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 IbisesBlackbirds and alliesCranesGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesHawks and EaglesLarkLoonOwlsPelicans and CormorantRails and CootsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesThrushesWrens 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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