Carey Lake is a shallow 400 acre lake and marsh. It is situated in the northwest corner of southeastern central Idaho lava desert.

Ornithological Summary

Primarily waterfowl, with dense spring populations of Mallard, Pintail, and Teal, and nesting Canada Geese. Other waterbirds (Sandhill Crane, American Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sora, Pied-billed Grebe) and shorebirds (American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Semipalmated Plover, Long-billed Curlew, Willet, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs) are seen regularly at this location, while American White Pelican, Hooded Merganser, and American Pipit are seen occasionally.

Conservation Issues

Drought is a minor problem at this site, as water rights in Little Wood Reservoir are used to maintain water levels in Carey Lake. Introduced plants/animals, particularly invasive aquatic plants, are a problem at this site. Predation also is a problem, which is being addressed by an on-going predator trapping program.


Shallow lake dominated by cattail and softstem bulrush. The lake is bordered on the west by agricultural ground, lava on the south and east and the highway to the north.

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