Deer Flat NWR
Lake Lowell Bird Tour
This loop tour of the Lake Lowell sector of the refuge suggests stops for birding. Some unusual species that have been observed at each stop are listed. The 29.5-mile tour traverses public roads, and starts and ends at the east end of the Upper Dam. Map of refuge
There is also a driving tour of the Snake River islands sector.
Stop #1 - Boat ramp
parking lot at east end of Upper Dam
At this point set your trip indicator to zero. Turn right out of the parking lot and proceed east on Iowa Avenue. At 0.3 miles park in the second parking area on the left.
Stop #2 - Parking lot
on Iowa Avenue
Continue east on Iowa Avenue. At 2.0 miles turn right (south) onto Middleton Road. At 2.5 miles turn right (west) onto Greenhurst Road. Travel west 1 mile to the Gotts Point gate.
- Gotts Point Area
To continue the tour, drive east on Greenhurst Road, at mile 5.5 turn right (south) on Midland Blvd. At mile 6.5 the road turns left and becomes Locust Lane. After the turn travel 0.3 miles and turn right onto Tio Lane. Take Tio Lane 0.8 mile to the end of the road and into the Schaffer's Access parking lot.
Stop #4 - Schaffer's
Backtrack 0.5 miles north on Tio Lane and turn right (east) on Burke Lane. At mile 8.9 turn right onto Idaho Highway 45. Travel south to mile 10.1 and turn right (west) onto Lake Shore Drive.
Lake Shore Drive Parking
Be aware that Lake Shore Drive makes a 90 degree right turn to the north at mile 18.3. At the end of Lake Shore Drive, turn right (northeast) onto Riverside Road and onto the Lower Dam.
Stop #5 - Lower Dam
Continue driving across the dam. Beyond the end of the dam, continue .3 miles and turn right into the Lower Dam Recreation Area. This area is closed to public entry from October 1 to April 14.
Stop #6 - Lower Dam
To return to the start of this tour, turn right out of the Lower Dam Recreation Area and travel 0.5 mile to Orchard Avenue. If you want to return to the starting point, turn right onto Orchard Avenue (and follow the directions below). If you want to return to Nampa and I-84, drive 1/2 mile further and turn right onto Highway 55.
To return to the refuge, continue on Orchard Avenue until you reach Lake Avenue. Turn right onto Lake Avenue and drive south towards the Upper Dam. Follow the road to the parking area where you began the tour.
Thanks for taking the Lake Lowell Sector Bird Tour!
If you would still like to see more of the refuge, there is also a driving tour of the Snake River islands sector.
Compiled from information provide by refuge volunteer John Gatchet (February 1997)