Nearest Town: Fairfield
Site Size: 3700 acres
Directions: From the intersection of US 20/ID 75, turn S on ID 75; travel ~10 mi; R (W) onto paved W Magic Valley Rd; zero odometer; at mi 1.6, look for raptors in cottonwood stand on R; mi 5.4 dirt rd to R leads to S end of reservoir and dam; mi 8.2 dirt rd to the L (N) to Lava Point and Lava Ck (rd not good in winter); mi 8.7 dirt rd to L meanders through a sagebrush steppe area; mi 9.6 is W Magic Village (Magic Resort); mi 9.7 follows main rd past restaurant and makes a slight L to boat launch.
Description: Three islands, near the dam, serve as nesting sites for 2000 breeding pairs of California and Ring-billed Gulls and 25 pairs of Caspian Terns. Follow dirt roads accessing the western edge of the reservoir. These roads are accessible to all vehicles when the roads are dry. Nesting Long-billed Curlew can be seen. Look for Western and Clark’s Grebes and Common Loon during the summer. During migration, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Northern Pintail and Shoveler, and Pacific Loon may be found. Large numbers of Trumpeter and Tundra Swans and some waterfowl arrive when the spring thaw starts in late March-best viewed from the restaurant’s deck located in West Magic Village.
IDFG (208) 764-2489
Farifield Chamber of Commerce (208)764-3952