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Southwest Region

Lake Cascade-West

Nearest Town: Cascade
Site Size: 28,000 acres

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

Access: Seasonal nesting closure. Seasonal gate closure-site still accessible. Access free of charge.

Site Location

Directions: At intersection of W Mtn Rd and Lakeshore Dr, at S end of Cascade Reservoir, turn R (W) on W Mtn Rd (West Side Rd); zero odometer; pavement ends at mi 3.5; mi 3.7 boat launch provides lake access; mi 5.9 check campground for songbirds; mi 7.9 check cherry bushes; mi 10.7 aspen patch; mi 16.1-18.2 is Duck Creek WMA; mi 21.8 turn R (E) on W Tamarack Falls; zig-zag N and E to Roseberry Drive and then to Donnelly.

Description: This 30-mile drive takes you along Lake Cascade’s western side. During the spring and fall, Mountain Bluebird, Winter Wren, Varied Thrush, shorebirds, sapsuckers and woodpeckers frequent the area. In the summer, species that can be found include Western and Clark’s Grebes, American White Pelican, Sandhill Crane, American Redstart, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Warbling Vireo, and Lincoln’s Sparrow. Note: seasonal nesting closure from Feb1- July 1.

More Information:
USBR (208) 382-4258
Cascade (208) 382-3833

American Redstart
Photo Copyright Tom Munson
Greater Scaup
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff
Varied Thrush
Photo Copyright Michael Woodruff

General Services:
ParkingRestroomsNo PhoneNo BoardwalkCampgroundPicnic AreaNo Observation AreaNo Visitor CenterNo Interpretive Material AvailableBoat RampNo ConcessionsNo Hiking TrailsHuntingFishingNo 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?

low elevation mixed conifer Graph illustrating 10% 10%
marshes/lakes/ponds Graph illustrating 70% 70%
other Graph illustrating 20% 20%

Best Observation Times
Bird Species Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec AM/PM
Raptors N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Shorebirds N N N Y Y N N Y Y N N N ALL
Songbirds N N N N Y Y Y N N N N N ALL
Upland Birds N N N N N N N N N N N N
Waterbirds N N N Y Y Y Y Y N N N N ALL
Waterfowl N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 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.

    Blackbirds and alliesGeese, Swans and DucksGrebesPelicans and CormorantRails and CootsTanagersThrushesTyrant FlycatchersVireosWaxwingsWood WarblersWoodpeckersWrens 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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