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Oxford landscape

Getting here . . .  

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Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production area is just east of the village of Oxford, Idaho. Turn off Route 91 about 2 miles north of the village of Swan Lake onto Road D1, continue south until the village of Oxford. Go into Oxford and take the small bypass road on the east side of town. Turn east just north of town, onto a gravel road that skirts the north edge of the waterfowl production area.
About three-quarters of a mile east of this intersection, the access road turns toward the marsh. There is a large Oxford Slough WPA sign at the entrance to this road and a nice parking area at the end. It is not advisable to try this road during wet weather or when the frost is leaving the ground in spring. 


No staff are stationed on site, the area is managed by the Southeast Idaho NWR Complex office in Chubbuck, ID. The WPA is fenced and signed with WPA signs. The entire area is open to foot traffic, or small boat. The marsh is shallow and filled with vegetation; it is not conducive to motorized or large boats.

The only hunting regulations in effect are Idaho game laws. There is some good birding for water birds, but mostly on foot. The hardstem bulrush marsh attracts large numbers of nesting waterfowl, especially redheads, and colonial nesting birds, including Franklin's gulls, Forster's and black terns, white-faced ibis, snowy and cattle egrets, black-crowned night-herons, and great blue herons. Playa areas surrounding the marsh attract migrating shorebirds in spring and nesting shorebirds, such as black-necked stilts and American avocets, in summer. Trumpeter swans are sometimes observed. 

Waterfowl hunting can be good when there is water in the marsh. The marsh usually freezes over by late November. There is no fishing opportunity, as there are no fish. Trapping is allowed in accordance with Idaho game laws.