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Southwest Region

Magic Reservoir

Nearest Town: Fairfield
Site Size: 3700 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Reservoir frozen in winter. Access free of charge.

Site Location

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.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 764-2489
Farifield Chamber of Commerce (208)764-3952

Common Loon
Photo Copyright Keith Carlson
Ring-billed Gull
Photo Copyright Camden Hackworth
Trumpeter Swan
Photo Copyright Ryan Brady

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsHuntingFishingWater SportsOHV/ATVs AllowedNo Horseback Riding

Handicapped Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive MaterialsBoat RampConcessionsNo Hiking Trails
What do these icons mean?

grassland Graph illustrating 20% 20%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 60% 60%
sage/shrub Graph illustrating 20% 20%

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

    Geese, Swans and DucksGrebesJaegers and GullsLoonShorebirdsTerns


    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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