Cow Moose Photo Credit: USFWS
The Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge is
part of a national system of lands managed primarily for wildlife.
The Refuge can be accessed from the International
Birding allows visitors to explore the Refuge in search of the two hundred and six bird species that have been recorded here. See Stevens County Checklist. We prepared a spring and summer Birding Hotspots brochure and a map to go with it. Bald eagles nest at Bayley Lake and use the Little Pend Oreille River during the winter months. Forest passerine birds are plentiful and include a mixture of eastern and western species. Cavity-dependent birds, such as woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees are abundant. Lakes and marshes provide spring stop over points for migratory waterfowl. Nesting waterfowl include Canada geese, mallards, red-necked grebes, common goldeneyes, wood ducks and common and hooded mergansers. Species of special interest occurring on the refuge include: golden eagle, northern goshawk, flammulated owl, Vaux swift, white-headed, pileated, Lewis, black-backed and three-toed woodpeckers.
Hiking is encouraged on
the Mill Butte Trail which starts at Refuge Headquarters. The trail
gains almost 600 feet in elevation with the trail difficulty level
being moderate. Trail length is about 3 miles. We also have an environmental
education trail that starts at River Camp. The McDowell Marsh Environmental
Education Trail goes around McDowell Marsh, a boardwalk spans the
wetland habitat, to McDowell Lake - about one mile. A brochure (available
at the trailhead) describes many aspects of the habitats you will