Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area

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Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area

Idaho

(208) 237-6615

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Overview

Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area is in Franklin and Bannock counties on the edge of Oxford in southeast Idaho. It was purchased to protect redhead nesting habitat. The area is largely hardstem bulrush marsh, interspersed with open water and surrounded by areas of playa, saltgrass flats, native wet meadow, and some cropland. The lower areas have visible alkali deposits. The marsh is fed on the north and drained at the south by Deep Creek. A smaller creek and several springs feed the marsh from the west. Attempts to drain it in the 1950s were marginally successful; the drainage ditches still exist but have mostly filled in. The native pasture is no longer grazed. Most of the meadows are hayed to provide short grass feeding areas for geese and cranes. Most of the dry cropland has been converted to dense nesting cover. The irrigated cropland is used for small grains under a cooperative farm agreement; a portion of the crop is left each year for wildlife. Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area is an unstaffed station with minimal management.

Map of Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area

Latitude, Longitude: 42.250758, -111.997547

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Activities

  • Boating

    The entire area is open to foot traffic, or small boat. The marsh is shallow and filled with vegetation; it is not conducive to motorized or large boats.

  • Hunting

    The only regulations in effect are Idaho game laws. Waterfowl hunting can be good when there is water in the marsh. The marsh usually freezes over by late November. There is no fishing opportunity, as there are no fish. Trapping is allowed in accordance with Idaho game laws.

  • Wildlife Watching

    There is some good birding for water birds, but mostly on foot. The hardstem bulrush marsh attracts large numbers of nesting waterfowl, especially redheads, and colonial nesting birds, including Franklin's gulls, Forster's and black terns, white-faced ibis, snowy and cattle egrets, black-crowned night-herons, and great blue herons. Playa areas surrounding the marsh attract migrating shorebirds in spring and nesting shorebirds, such as black-necked stilts and American avocets, in summer. Trumpeter swans are sometimes observed.

Seasonality/Weather

The North Access Road is an all weather gravel road, however it is not advisable to try this road during wet weather or when the frost is leaving the ground in spring.

Directions

Driving

Just east of the village of Oxford. Turn off Route 91 about 2 miles north of the village of Swan Lake onto Road D1, continue south until the village of Oxford. Go into Oxford and take the small bypass road on the east side of town. Turn east just north of town, onto a gravel road that skirts the north edge of the WPA. About three-quarters of a mile east of this intersection, the access road turns toward the marsh.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(208) 237-6615

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