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Payette River Wildlife Management Area, Idaho
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Description: 2230-foot elevation. 1200 acre area is fairly scattered, and most people only visit the 650-acre Birding Islands segment. On the Payette River, these islands and the shored are rich in vegetation, including willows, cottonwoods, locusts, and rushes. A small portion of the area climbs 130 feet to sage/grass uplands, but most of the WMA is in the river bottomlands. Nesting platforms and brood ponds with nesting islands have contributed to the propogation of Canada geese. Croplands are managed to provide feeding grounds for the geese. Other waterfowl, including white-fronted geese and ducks, take advantage of the conditions to nest on the islands as well. Shorebirds like sandhill cranes, egrets, herons, pelicans, bitterns, and curlews, come through to feed and rest during their migrations. Bald eagles winter here, and other raptors pass through in the spring. Several kinds of owls nest in the thickets. The heavy cover also is home to turkeys, ring-necked pheasant, and quail. Big game is scarce, but small mammals such as muskrat, mink and beaver live in the ponds, sloughs and canals. Fishing for rainbow trout, large and smallmouth bass, crappie and channel catfish. Camping in designated areas only. Waterfowl hunting in early fall and winter. Hiking numerous two-track roads.

Location: To access the Birding Islands from the south, exit I-84 at exit #9 and go 4.5 miles on ID 30 into New Plymouth. Turn east onto Idaho Street and north on Holly Avenue. Go 1.5 miles to NW Second Avenue turn east, and follow the road nearly a mile to the parking lot.

Address: Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Southwest Regional Office
3101 S. Powerline Rd
Nampa, ID  83686
Phone: (208) 465-8465

Season: year round

Fee: no

Reservations: no
Activities
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 Biking  Fishing  Picnicking
 Boating (Motorized)  Hiking/Backpacking  Scenic Driving
 Boating (Non-motorized)  Horseback Riding  
 Boating (WW)  Hunting  Water Sports
 Camping    Wildlife Viewing
 Caving  Off Highway Vehicles  Winter Sports
 Climbing    

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 Interpretive Programs  Drinking Water  Dump Station
 Cultural-Historic Sites  Restrooms  Boat Ramp
 Campgnd, Developed  Showers  Marina
 Rental Cabins

Notes: Pets must be leashed except bird dogs during hunting season.
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