Nearest Town: Horsehoe Bend/Emmett
Site Size: 1100 acres
Directions: In Emmett on ID 52; zero odometer when you cross river just N of downtown; 13.1 mi N and E on ID 52; S at the Sweet-Ola junction (Montour Rd); 1 mi to WMA entrance. From Horseshoe Bend 9.2 mi W on ID 52 to Sweet-Ola junction.
Description: This area’s flooded fields in the Payette River Canyon make excellent habitat for waterbirds especially in spring and early summer. Ring-necked Pheasant, Gray Partridge, and California Quail are the most common upland gamebirds observed while Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Wood Duck, and Cinnamon, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal are frequently observed waterfowl species. Wetland habitats also provide ideal conditions for a host of other birds such as Great Blue Heron, Wilson’s Snipe, American Coot, Killdeer, and Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds. Raptors often seen include Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, Barn Owl, and American Kestrel. Bald Eagle and Snow Goose winter along the Payette River.
IDFG (208) 365-2682
Gem County (208) 365-3485