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Southwest Region

Milner Lake

Nearest Town: Burley
Site Size: 2000 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: From Burley, at junction of US 30/ID 27, US 30 W for 7.7 mi; R (N) at "Milner Historic/Recreation" sign (Burley Trap Club) for 1.5 mi; L (W) for 3.2 mi on gravel rd to parking area on R; follow gravel road along river to the E to access boat ramp and camping sites.

Description: Milner Lake is surrounded by sagebrush-grassland and lined with basalt cliffs along its northern shoreline. American White Pelican in spring and summer and occasionally Bald Eagle in winter can be seen. Canada Goose nest in the area. Migration periods are best for seeing Gadwall, Green-winged and Cinnamon Teal, Ruddy Duck, Mallard, American Wigeon, and Western Meadowlark.

More Information:
BLM (208) 678-5514
Mini-Cassia (208) 679-4793

Ruddy Duck
Photo Copyright Terry Gray
Western Meadowlark
Photo Copyright Terry Gray

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsNo HuntingFishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 20% 20%
other Graph illustrating 5% 5%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 75% 75%

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

    Blackbirds and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksHawks and EaglesPelicans and Cormorant


    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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