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Sandpoint City Beach/Sandpoint Fish Hatchery/ Waterlife Discovery Center

Nearest Town: Sandpoint
Site Size: 10 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Open sunrise - sunset. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: In downtown Sandpoint, turn east off Hwy 95 (1st St) onto Bridge St; cross bridge, and go under railroad; enter city park. Return to US 95, continue S; cross long bridge; R on Lakeshore Dr.; go 1.5 mi to hatchery.


More Information:
Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and IDFG (208) 263-3371
Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce (208) 263-2161

Common Loon
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Sandpoint City Beach
Photo Copyright Terry Gray
View of Sandpoint
Photo Copyright Terry Gray

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneBoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaObservation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampConcessionsHiking TrailsNo HuntingFishingWater SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo CampgroundPicnic AreaObservation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsBoat RampConcessionsHiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 75% 75%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 25% 25%

Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Shorebirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Songbirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Waterfowl N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 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 EaglesLoonSparrows and allies


    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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