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Idaho

Silver Creek Preserve


Maybe it will be a trophy trout that draws you to Silver Creek; always just so abundant, always feeding, but never interested in your fly. Maybe you'll come to hear the cry of the sandhill cranes as they return in the spring or the flocks of waterfowl whistling overhead on their fall migration. Or perhaps you'll make the trip to see that legendary, glorious light: A light that seems designed by a photographer, or an artist, with its rich pastel of purples, reds, yellows and blues.

Whatever the reason, we know your heart will he captured by this special place in Idaho's high desert.

Each year, the preserve draws visitors from all 50 states and more than a dozen countries. The fly fishing is legendary, of course, but the preserve offers many other outdoor activities.

Flowing at the base of the Picabo Hills, this high-desert spring-fed creek attracts an abundance of wildlife including eagles, hawks, songbirds, waterfowl, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, deer and elk. Silver Creek's globally unique aquatic ecosystem features one of the highest densities of stream insects in North America, which supports the world-class fishery.

As many as 150 species of birds have been identified along the self-guided nature trail, which begins at the preserve visitor center. The Conservancy owns 851 acres along Silver Creek and has protected more than 12,600 acres through conservation easements, making this one of the most successful private stream conservation efforts ever undertaken for public benefit.

Contact: Sunny Healey, preserve manager, at shealey@tnc.org or call (208) 788-7910. 

Activities: bird watching, hiking, hunting, canoeing, fly-fishing, snowshoeing (winter)

Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Silver Creek Visitors Center to view our interpretive displays and get more information. A self-guided nature trail also points to the ecological values of the preserve. Dogs are not allowed on the Preserve. 

2014 Upcoming Events

  • All summer, Saturdays at 9 a.m. – Nature walks – Meet at the Visitors Center. Call to RSVP.
  • May 17 - Butterfly count: A survey of species led by Elisha Mueller, a specialist in Monarch butterflies.
  • May 24 - Opening day of fishing season BBQ. Hot dogs/burgers, drinks will be provided. Call for details.
  • June 7 (tentative) – Butterfly Design: A conversation about the butterfly species that can be found at Silver Creek and how we can increase pollinator habitat.
  • June 14 (tentative) – Butterfly count: Participate in a survey of species.   
  • June 21 (tentative) – Butterfly garden cocktail party: Celebrate the importance of pollinators in this informal, fun gathering at the visitors center porch.  

 
For details, call the Silver Creek visitors center at (208) 788-7910.

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