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The Pelican Brief LbNA #56288

Plant date:Oct 30, 2010
Found by: Pelicans
Last found:Jul 3, 2022
Last edited:Oct 30, 2010
The Pelican Brief

I would have never linked pelicans with North Idaho. When I learned it was true, I couldn't believe it. When in my beloved north country I do expect to see Canadian Geese, Mallards and various other water fowl, even majestic Bald Eagles but never Pelicans. Well, I was wrong. According to this website this North Idaho Lake is a prime IBA (Important Bird Area) which the American White Pelican uses as their habitat at times.

McArthur Lake Wildlife Management Area (from
Size: 1,200 acres

Wilson Snipe Description: This WMA, with 600 acres of marshy lake surrounded by very scenic coniferous forest, was the state's first land acquisition for waterfowl production. This site supports over 2,000 ducks (American Wigeon, Mallard, Green-Winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Common Golden Eye, and Bufflehead) and Canada Goose during migration in the spring and fall. Significant populations of waterfowl, secretive marsh birds, and shorebirds nest here.
American White Pelican and 100 shorebirds (Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitcher, Western, Spotted, and Solitary Sandpipers) can be seen in late summer. Nesting birds include Veery, Swainson's Thrush, and Vaux's Swift. Bald Eagles nest here regularly.

Viewing Information: McArthur Lake hosts hundreds of tundra swans and Canada Geese and thousands of Ducks and American Coots through spring and fall migrations. Lesser numbers of Black Terns, Virginia Rails, Red-Necked Grebes, and Marsh Wrens also occur. Other species to look for include Bald Eagles, Osprey, and Great Blue Herons; Shorebirds are common along the west shore in August. In June, moose frequently feed in the lake in the early morning. Hunting and fishing are popular here; boating is allowed from July 1 to March 15.

Directions: From Bonners Ferry, travel S on US 95 ~13 mi from Sandpoint, travel N on US 95 ~18 mi); just N of the McArthur Lake Dam turn W on McArthur Lake Rd (formerly CR 4) at the "Sportsman's Access" sign; take the first L (S) to get to the parking area, restrooms, and boat launch. A brochure is available at the IDFG office in Coeur d'Alene.

Closest Town: Naples

More Information: IDFG (208) 769-1414; (208) 263-6004
Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce (208) 263-2161
Region II

Directions to the box:

From Bonners Ferry, travel South on US 95 ~13 miles or (from Sandpoint, travel N on US 95 ~18 mi); just North of the McArthur Lake Dam turn West on McArthur Lake Rd (formerly CR 4) at the “Sportsman’s Access” sign; take the first Left (South) to the parking area, restroom, and boat launch. Have a park. From the center of the parking area find a large metal structure with electrifying qualities. Across the way to the East find two large Ponderosa pines. Between these two trees, at their bases, covered with their needles, find The Pelican Brief.

Hope you enjoy the area and the hunt. Thanks for playing along. God bless. ~Sondog

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