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Southeast Region

Market Lake Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Town: Roberts
Site Size: 5071 acres

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

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

Site Location

Directions: I-15 Exit #135 at Roberts; E on CR 627 to the junction with CR 2880 E; turn N (L) and drive through Roberts; 0.5 mi take R fork and continue N on N 2850 E; stop at Sandy Marsh parking lot for a bird list; continue N on N 2850 E (Old Hwy 91) and follow to Main Marsh and Triangle Marsh; at the N end of Main Marsh are two shelterbelts that are good for songbirds; for more birding, head N on 2900 E from HQ and in 0.4 mile pull into the lot on the L (W) and park; walk through gate in the NE corner of the parking lot, cross the canal, and follow main dike to W and N to view open water and mudflats.

Description: Market Lake consists of 1,700 acres of bulrush/cattail marshes and wetland meadows, surrounded by sagebrush/grassland desert. One hundred bird species have been seen in one day on the WMA and this site is a hot-spot for waterbirds. It is a spring staging area for 50,000-150,000 ducks (particularly Northern Pintail), 400 Canada Geese, 40,000 Snow Geese, 1,000 Tundra Swans, and 150 shorebirds (Red-necked Phalarope, Black-bellied and American Golden-Plovers). During the summer, colonially breeding species that can be found here include Eared, Western, and Clark’s Grebe, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Snowy and Cattle Egrets, White-faced Ibis, Franklin’s and Ring-billed Gulls, and Forster’s Tern. Also present are Sora, Virginia Rail, American Bittern, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, and Willet. There is a Peregrine Falcon hack/nesting tower on the WMA, and nesting Northern Harrier, Greater Sage-Grouse, Long-billed Curlew, and Sage Sparrow. In the fall, approximately 50 American White Pelican stage here.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 525-7290
Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce (208)523-1010

Market Lake
Photo Copyright Colleen Moulton, IDFG
Franklin's Gull and White-faced Ibis colony
Photo Copyright Colleen Moulton, IDFG
Ring-billed Gull
Photo Copyright Camden Hackworth
Virginia Rail
Photo Copyright Camden Hackworth

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundNo Picnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterInterpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo 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
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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 N ALL
Shorebirds N N N N Y Y N N N N N N ALL
Songbirds N N N N Y Y N Y Y N N N AM
Upland Birds N N N N N N Y Y N N N N ALL
Waterbirds N N N Y Y Y Y N N Y N N ALL
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N 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 IbisesGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesJaegers and GullsPelicans and CormorantRails and CootsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesTernsWood Warblers


    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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