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Silver Creek

Silver Creek
Silver Creek
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Flowing at the base of the Picabo Hills, this high-desert spring-fed creek attracts eagles, hawks, songbirds, waterfowl, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, deer and elk. Silver Creek's globally unique aquatic ecosystem features one of the highest densities of stream insects in North America, and supports a world-class fishery. The area also supports the small yellow ladyslipper orchid, a state plant species of concern.

As many as 150 species of birds have been identified along the self-guided nature trail, which begins at the preserve visitor center. The Conservancy owns 883 acres along Silver Creek and has protected another 9,500 acres through conservation easments, making this one of the most successful private stream conservation efforts ever undertaken for public benefit.

To do: bird watching, hiking, hunting, canoeing, fly-fishing.

Facilities: Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Silver Creek Visitors Center to view our interpretive displays and get more information. A self-guided nature trail also points to the ecological values of the preserve.

Directions: The visitor's center is 33.1 miles from Ketchum. Drive south on Highway 75 through Hailey and Bellevue for 26 miles. Turn left at the flashing light onto Highway 20. Drive 7.1 miles to Kilpatrick Bridge Rd. (There is a brown sign on highway saying “Silver Creek Preserve”). Turn right, go over the bridge and follow the road to the visitors center on the hill.

Contact: Dayna Smith, Preserve Manager at (208) 788-7910 or

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