Chilly Slough Wetland
The Chilly Slough (Thousand Springs) Wetland Conservation Area is one of the few remaining examples of a natural, high desert, spring-fed wetland. It sits at the base of Mount Borah and abounds with many species of wildlife throughout the year. A birdwatcher's paradise comes alive during the spring and autumn migrations, or when many species of birds choose the slough for the nesting season. The wetlands provide habitat for as many as 134 different birds, 27 mammals, 6 reptiles, 3 amphibians and 3 fish species. Birds include sandhill cranes, golden eagles, northern harrier, trumpeter swans, and many ducks, songbirds and shorebirds. Mammals include coyotes, muskrats, big brown bats, and wintering pronghorn antelope and mule deer. Fishes include brook and rainbow trout. A half-mile nature trail enables visitors to see the diversity of life found in the marsh up close.
Location: About 14 miles northwest of Mackay, Idaho.
To access the South Unit: Drive north on U.S. Highway 93 from Mackay, Idaho, about 14 miles to Mile Post 126. Watch for the Whiskey Springs pull-off on the west side of the highway. The Whiskey Springs is a designated wildlife viewing site and is the primary public access to the 320-acre South Unit.
To access the North Unit: This 1,142-acre section is more remote than the South Unit. To get there, drive 5 miles north on Highway 93 from the Whiskey Springs pull-off to Mile Post 132. Locate the gravel road and follow it for 2 miles. Turn left at the first road junction for one-half mile and watch for boundary signs. Park on the roadside and plan to walk at least one-quarter mile east to reach the wetland.
Facilities / Fees: None