National Wildlife Refuge
961 E Minidoka Dam Rd.
Rupert, ID 83350 - 9414
Phone Number: 208-436-3589
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Continued . . . Vehicle travel is limited, but access roads provide vantage points over the reservoir. Some are suitable only for high clearance vehicles. Four-wheel drive is necessary on unimproved roads during wet or snowy months. Two maintained gravel roads on the south side of the refuge are locked (except during hunting season) to prevent easy access to sensitive wildlife areas. These roads are open to foot traffic, however, and birders use them during spring and summer.
Snow machines are prohibited, and no off-road travel is allowed. Vehicles may be parked along the roadside in a manner that does not obstruct traffic. Please take care not to park in dry grass; catalytic converters can start fires, burning wildlife habitat and your vehicle. From October to January, vehicles within the refuge hunting areas must be parked in designated parking areas.
Look for a variety of songbirds in Walcott State Park and at the Tule Island access near the Cold Water Interchange. The spillway area below the dam and the Snake River are good viewing areas. Over 200 species of birds have been seen on the refuge; waterbirds and birds common to sagebrush steppe are most common. The nature trail, or any place along the reservoir are good places to observe the differences between Clark's and western grebes. Brewer's, grasshopper, and other sparrows are common. With prior arrangements with the refuge manager, it may be possible to arrange a visit to the colonial bird colonies.
More detailed birding information can be found in the book, The Birder's Guide to Idaho.
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