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Southwest Region

Indian Creek Reservoir

Nearest Town: Boise
Site Size: 383 acres

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

Access: Year-round. May freeze in winter. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-84 Exit #71; turn SW; zero odometer; pass Stage Stop Truck Stop; at mi 0.3 turn R (W) at sign for "Indian Creek Reservoir"; reservoir overlook at 1 mi; at mi 1.5 drive through barbed-wired gate-leave it as you found it (do not to go beyond this point if the rd is wet); continue 0.2 mi to walk along shoreline.

Description: Indian Creek Reservoir is one of the five ephemeral reservoirs that are containments for melt water from the Danskin Mountains. It can be a stopping place for migrants, sandpipers, Marbled Godwit, and Long-billed Curlew. After nesting season, the reservoir has been a staging area for immature curlew prior to their departure southward. Because of the shallowness of the reservoir, it does freeze over winter. as a result, nearly all species of waterfowl found in Idaho can be found here at some time. Good for loons, grebes, and waterfowl. Trumpeter Swan are always a possibility in migration. The mudflats are important for shorebirds such as Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, and Western, Least and Baird’s Sandpipers. Breeding nearby are Long-billed Curlew, Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks, and Sage Thrasher. Riparian vegetation at the dam can be a passerine migrant "trap."

More Information:
BLM (208) 384-3300
Boise Chamber of Commmerce (208)344-7777

American Avocet
Photo Copyright Brian Currie
Marbled Godwit
Photo Copyright Brian Currie
Western Sandpiper
Photo Copyright Brian Currie

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking 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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marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 90% 90%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 10% 10%

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 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N ALL
Songbirds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N ALL
Waterfowl N Y Y Y N N N N N Y Y Y 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.

    Geese, Swans and DucksGrebesHawks and EaglesLoonShorebirdsThrashers


    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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