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Southwest Region

Niagara Springs Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Town: Wendell
Site Size: 976 acres

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

Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: I-84 Exit #157; zero odometer; S on Rex Leland Hwy (Orchard Valley Rd/1950 E); at 6.5 mi rd veers L (E) and descends into gorge; R (S) into WMA’s entrance at mi 7; another access point is 0.8 mi farther E.

Description: The combination of mild winter weather and open water draws waterfowl to the WMA. Over 5,000 ducks and several hundred Canada Geese winter along this portion of the Snake River annually. Spring nesting waterfowl include Canada Goose, Green-winged and Cinnamon Teal, Mallard, and Wood Duck. Upland gamebirds include Ring-necked Pheasant, California Quail, and Chukar. Great Blue Heron roost on boulders to the east. Rangeland habitats are occupied by Horned Lark, White-crowned Sparrow, and Sage Thrasher. Warblers and buntings inhabit the windbreaks, while wrens and swallows stake their claim on the rock ledges and talus slopes of the canyon rim.

More Information:
IDFG (208) 324-4359
Jerome Chamber of Commerce (208) 324-2711

Niagara Springs
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White-crownded Sparrow
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General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkNo CampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableNo Boat RampNo ConcessionsHiking TrailsHuntingNo FishingNo Water SportsNo OHV/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
What do these icons mean?

cliffs/talus Graph illustrating 25% 25%
other Graph illustrating 50% 50%
riverine riparian Graph illustrating 25% 25%

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 N N N N N Y Y ALL
Shorebirds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Songbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N ALL
Upland Birds Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y ALL
Waterbirds N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N 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.

    Bittern, Herons and IbisesGeese, Swans and DucksGrouse and TurkeyLarkQuailSparrows and alliesSwallowsThrashersWrens 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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