|Description: This beautiful large mountain river is outstanding for viewing bald eagles, nesting osprey, great blue herons and waterfowl. Libby Dam’s watchable wildlife area is located between the Libby Downstream Area and Dunn Creek Campground. The old Great Northern Railroad grade is a nice trail between Libby Dam Downstream Area and Dunn Creek to access the area. A nice river float is also an excellent way to view raptors and waterfowl.
In the fall, bald eagles concentrate below the dam to catch kokanee salmon. Eagle migration starts around the forest week on October, peaks around the first week in November, and tapers off around mid-December. In March, large waterfowl concentrations pass through. The Corps of Engineers has placed goose nesting platforms on the river’s east side.
Wildlife to Watch: Wildlife is abundant in this riparian area. Common species to see are bald eagles, osprey, great blue heron, and numerous waterfowl. Moose, bighorn sheep, and deer are also in the area.
Ownership: US Army Corps of Engineers
Closest Town: Libby, MT
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