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.
  • Elsewhere
1.9 out of 5
7.7 miles
1:59 hours moving time (Hiking)
Elevation Gain
8 feet
High Point
2,563 feet
Low Point
2,520 feet
  • Lake
  • Outing Type
  • Daytrip
  • Trail Type
  • Out-and-back
  • Trailbed
    Gravel track
  • None
  • Camping
    • Not allowed
    • Excellent, but the trail surface is pretty hard. Recommend wearing running shoes or trail runners with some cushioning
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Status
  • Wildlife Refuge
  • Maps
  • Lake Lowell
  • Nampa
  • Fees & Permits
  • None required
  • ()
    Open To
  • Hikers
  • Dogs
  • Mountain Bikers
  • Horses
  • (dogs must be leashed)
  • 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)
  • Season
      April 15, 2017

      You 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.

      Then 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.

      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.

      Things to Consider

        Not so great

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