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St. Maries/St. Joe River Roads

Nearest Town: St. Maries
Site Size: 40 mi

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

Access: Open late May - October 31. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: ST. MARIES RIVER RD: turn S off ID 3 in St. Maries on 1st St; 1 mi through neighborhood to St. Maries River Rd. ST JOE RIVER RD: in St. Maries, at junction of ID 3/ID 5, travel on ID 3 N; cross St. Joe River; at mp 85 turn R (N) on FR 50 (St. Joe River Rd); explore areas at mp 2.3, 10.7, 13.0, 16.0, 16.3, 16.6, 24.2, 29.8, 33.6 and 34.2; scan between mp 11-13 for Northern Pygmy-Owl (Nov-March); the town of Avery is 26.7 mi E of St. Maries and FR 50 ends 29 mi E of Avery.

Description: The St. Joe River route will lead you up the Shadowy St. Joe, the highest navigable river in the world. Wetland and cottonwood forests accompany this river and provide unique birding opportunities. Highlights include Tundra Swan and Northern Pygmy-Owl. Look for Bald Eagle, Osprey, Canada Goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, American Wigeon, Great Blue Heron, Ruffed Grouse, Turkey, American Dipper, and Great Horned Owl. Western Tanager can be seen during spring and summer

More Information:
Shoshone County (208) 752-1264
St. Maries Chamber of Commerce (208) 245-3563

American Turkey
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
Northern Pygmy Owl
Photo Copyright Terry Gray

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo Water SportsOHV/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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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
Shorebirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Songbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Waterbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Waterfowl N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
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 IbisesCorvidsGeese, Swans and DucksGrosbeaks and BuntingsGrouse and TurkeyHawks and EaglesHummingbirdsKingfisherOwlsShorebirdsSparrows and alliesSwallowsTanagersThrashersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWaxwingsWood WarblersWrens and Dipper


    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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