Deer Flat Kingfisher Trail

The Kingfisher Trail hugs the southeastern shore of Lake Lowell in Idaho’s Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge for about three miles, then adds another mile alongside the New York Canal. The refuge, created more than 100 years ago, includes over 10,000 acres and provides crucial habitat for wildlife, especially birds. We saw lots of mallards and geese and a little bunny.

Location Elsewhere
Rating 1.9 out of 5
Difficulty Easy
Distance 7.7 miles
Duration 1:59 hours moving time (hiking)
Elevation Gain 8 feet
High Point 2,563 feet
Low Point 2,520 feet
Trail Type Out-and-back
Trailbed Gravel track
Water None
Status Wildlife Refuge
Administration U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Permits None required
Conditions Excellent, but the trail surface is pretty hard. Recommend wearing running shoes or trail runners with some cushioning
Camping Not allowed
Maps USGS Lake Lowell, Nampa
Trailhead Take I-84 exit #33 (ID-55/Midland Boulevard). Continue on Midland for a mile or so, then turn left onto N Middleton Road. After 4 miles turn right onto Greenhurst Road and follow it until it turns into a gravel road. The trailhead is right there. Alternatively, continue on the gravel road to Gotts Point and start the hike from there (adds 1.5 miles roundtrip)

Google Directions (43.546467, -116.633416)

Season Year-around
Squirrel Density Dogs must be leashed
Features Lake
Distance From
  • Coeur d’Alene 443.4 miles
  • Lewiston 285.1 miles
  • Sandpoint 482.0 miles
  • Seattle 489.5 miles
  • Spokane 410.8 miles
Resources
Nearby Hikes
Date April 15, 2017

Lake Lowell is on one side for most of the hikeYou can start this hike either at the Greenhurst or Tio Lane trailheads. At the Greenhurst trailhead you will take the wide double-track that heads left (right leads to Gotts Point). For the next 3 miles, the lake will be on your right, mostly screened by trees, while the left side runs the full gamut from rubble piles to residential housing to vineyards to a quarry to irrigated farmlands to open grasslands sprinkled with sagebrush.

When the water level isnt so high this provides access to the New York CanalThen the path parallels the New York Canal, but a wetland surrounds it, so you won’t be able to actually see it. To do that you’ll have to continue on from Tio Lane for another mile.

There isn’t much to see along this hike besides the lake, and the trail is flat as flat can be. It’s an easy walk, though, and if you enjoy bird-watching it’s definitely a go-to place.

Enjoy this hike? Let us know in the comments below!

Trailhead with view towards Gotts Points
Trailhead with view towards Gotts Points
Lake Lowell is on one side for most of the hike
Lake Lowell is on one side for most of the hike
A double track for the entire hike
A double track for the entire hike
Naughty is cooling down
Naughty is cooling down
Vineyard
Vineyard
View of Lake Lowell
View of Lake Lowell
More views of Lake Lowell
More views of Lake Lowell
Irrigated farm fields on the far side
Irrigated farm fields on the far side
When the water level isnt so high this provides access to the New York Canal
When the water level isn’t so high this provides access to the New York Canal
Turn-around point at Tio Lane
Turn-around point at Tio Lane
Giant cottonwood
Giant cottonwood
Looking west onto Lake Lowell
Looking west onto Lake Lowell
Naughty found the obligatory deer carcass
Naughty found the obligatory deer carcass
Trailmap
Alternate Routes

  • You can extend the hike at either end. Gotts Point adds another .75 miles one way and at the other end (Tio Lane) a 1-mile extension brings you to the New York Canal.


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