Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, Nampa

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The Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge is an important breeding area for mammals, birds, and other animals. The National Wildlife Refuge is located on land surrounding Lake Lowell, just outside Nampa, Idaho. It serves as a resting and wintering area for birds, including mallards and Canada geese, along the Pacific Flyway and was named a "Globally Important Bird Area" by the American Bird Conservancy.
The refuge consists of two sections which contains open water, edge wetlands, grasslands and riparian and forest habitats. The largest portion of the refuge consists of Lake Lowell and its environs, located in Canyon County, just west of Nampa, while the second comprises the Snake River islands located in non-contiguous localities along the river in Canyon, Owyhee, Payette, and Washington counties (Idaho) and Malheur and Baker counties (Oregon).
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  • This is a great place to walk or play with your family. There are multiple nice trails, public fishing and multiple playgrounds around the lake.  more »
  • My dogs and I always make the quick drive to deer flat. You can start at the top of the road at the gate and walk or start at the rangers station. We enjoy the quiet sounds of nature- water from the l...  more »
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  • It's a nice local resource. Gotta keep it in perspective for what it is though. Reviews that say "stunningly beautiful," etc., like it's Yosemite or Yellowstone are a little overboard. If you live in Nampa-Caldwell, it's a close drive to get away from it all and enjoy some nature and a little recreation.
  • My wife and I drove out to the wilderness area and parked at the visitor center. They have indoor restrooms and nice dioramas for educational purposes. If you are home schooling kids a day out to Lake Powell would be a great experience. We took our dogs with us to go on a 2 mile nature hike on gravel trails. WARNING the area is covered with GOATS HEAD thorns. We spent a lot of time pull thorns out of dog feet. Dogs must be on a leash and clean up after them to preserve the walk for others. Our October visit was a dud as far as birds go. No bird noises, no birds. We sported 1 large red hawk as well as ducks and geese swimming in the lake. We had an enjoyable counterclockwise driving tour around the circumference of Lake Powell that was 29 miles long. There is a 41 mile tour for those with more time. Go for landscape beauty, but bring your own birds!

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