Deep Creek Levee

The Deep Creek trail rides atop a levee for two miles along playfully-meandering Deep Creek. Be prepared for stunning fall colors, a surprising array of wildlife, particularly birds (we spotted a pileated woodpecker) and deer, and impressive views of the Kootenai River Valley and the mountains hemming it in on both sides. Additional hiking opportunities abound in the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge, which also features an auto tour.

Location Selkirk Mountains
Rating 3.3 out of 5
Difficulty Easy
Distance 4.3 miles
Duration 1:05 hours moving time (hiking)
Elevation Gain 77 feet
High Point 1,800 feet
Low Point 1,752 feet
Trail Type Out-and-back
Trailbed old twin track
Water None
Status Wildlife Refuge
Administration U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Conditions Excellent
Permits None required
Camping Not available
Maps USGS Moravia
Trailhead From US-95 in Bonners Ferry, take Riverside Street (that is the downtown “exit”) west for about 4 miles. Parking is on the righthand side, the trailhead on the left.

Google Directions (48.705043, -116.387595)

Season Year-around
Squirrel Density Leashed dogs not allowed
Features Riverwalk, Grove, Meadow
Distance From
  • Coeur d’Alene 80.5 miles
  • Lewiston 194.1 miles
  • Sandpoint 34.7 miles
  • Seattle 384.1 miles
  • Spokane 106.2 miles
Resources
Nearby Hikes
Date October 7, 2018

Here’s a what the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge has to say about the area:

Lazy Deep Creek“Nestled beside the Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho, this 2,774 acre refuge provides diverse habitats for a large variety of wildlife including moose, elk, deer, bear, otter, bald eagles, and migratory waterfowl such as mallards, northern pintail, and teal. Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge is located in Idaho’s Panhandle approximately 20 miles south of the Canadian border and 5 miles west of Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

The levee follows the sweeping curves of Deep Creek“Established in 1964 as a migratory waterfowl refuge, Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for more than 220 species of birds, 45 species of mammals, and 22 species of fish. Wetlands, meadows, riparian forests and cultivated agricultural fields (for producing valuable wildlife food crops) are interspersed in the valley bottom adjacent to the west banks of the Kootenai River.

A number of ponds grace the west side of the levee“Wetlands include open-water ponds, seasonal cattail-bulrush marshes, tree-lined ponds and rushing creeks. The western portion of the refuge ascends the foothills of the scenic Selkirk Mountains which consists of dense stands of coniferous trees and tranquil riparian forests.”

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

The trail moves along the top of the levee
The trail moves along the top of the levee
Lazy Deep Creek
Lazy Deep Creek
Looking northwest across the Wildlife Refuge
Looking northwest across the Wildlife Refuge
Deep Creek up close. Theres a nice bench nearby
Deep Creek up close. There’s a nice bench nearby
The trail follows an old twintrack
The trail follows an old twintrack
Aspen grove in stunning fall colors
Aspen grove in stunning fall colors
Aspen
Aspen
The levee follows the sweeping curves of Deep Creek
The levee follows the sweeping curves of Deep Creek
Deep Creek from the levee
Deep Creek from the levee
A number of ponds grace the west side of the levee
A number of ponds grace the west side of the levee
The Kootenai river valley
The Kootenai river valley
More views across the Kootenai river valley
More views across the Kootenai river valley

Trailmap

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