Lake Lowell, near Nampa, is the site of 11,000-acre Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge. The Lake Lowell sector is a great birding spot with over 200 recorded species. Spectacular concentrations of birds can be seen on the lake during peak migration periods. Shorebirds occur in large numbers in August when low water levels expose mudflats. Waterfowl occur in large numbers in fall and winter. The lake is closed to boating Oct 1 through Apr 14. The Snake River Islands sector contains about 800 acres on 101 islands from the Canyon-Ada County line in Idaho to Farewell Bend in Oregon. The islands are closed to public access from Feb through May to protect nesting habitat.
Southwestern Idaho, 5 miles SW of Nampa
Exit 33A (w-bound)/Exit 33 (e-bound) off I-84. West on Highway 55 about 3.5 miles to Lake Ave. Left on Lake. Right on Roosevelt. Left onto refuge entrance road to the Visitor Center
Visitor Center: Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm and Sat, 10am-4pm; Refuge open dawn to dusk.
Boating Facilities, Handicap Access, Parking, Restrooms, Vault Toilets, Visitor Center