Information

This refuge encompasses over 11,000 acres with both lake and river units. The Lake Lowell Unit 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 October 1 through April 14. The Snake River Islands Unit contains about 1200 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 February through May to protect nesting habitat.

Location

Southwestern Idaho, 5 miles SW of Nampa

Directions

Take Exit 33A (west-bound) or Exit 33 (east-bound) off of I-84. After exiting the freeway, head west on Highway 55/Karcher Road. Follow Karcher Road about 4.5 miles to Indiana Avenue. At the corner of Indiana and Roosevelt, continue straight on the refuge entrance road to the Visitor Center.

Nearest City

Nampa

Street Address

13751 Upper Embankment Rd
Nampa ID, 83686

Mailing Address

13751 Upper Embankment Rd
Nampa ID, 83686

Seasons

All Year

Hours

Visitor Center: Monday-Friday, 8-4 and Saturday 10-4; refuge open dawn to dusk.

Fees

Free

Facilities

Boating Facilities, Handicap Access, Parking, Restrooms, Vault Toilets, Visitor Center

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