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Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
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Overview
Location

Brigham City, Utah

Sights

Birding, Auto touring, Fishing, Hunting

Distance

Varies

Parking Lot Elevation

4215 ft

Summit Elevation

None

Elevation Gain/Loss

Varies slightly

Time Required

Depends on what you do

Pets

Allowed on leash

Fees

none

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water

Best Season

Year round

Hours

Sunlight hours

Sun Exposure

Shade is minimal

Trail Condition

Good trails

Restrooms

Outhouses

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

No

Food

Bring snacks if needed

Equipment

Camera, hat, sunglasses

GPS Coordinates

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge:  41.479102°, -112.267650°

Driving Directions:

2155 W. Forest Street

Brigham City, Utah 84302

Take I-15 exit Forest Street in Brigham City and head west.


The Trail:

The Bear River Bird Refuge is 80,000 acres of Marsh, Open Water, Uplands, and Mudflats. The refuge is used for birding, fishing, hunting, and photography. Over 250 species of bird can be found here throughout the year. Just off the freeway is a brand new very nice visitor center and information center.

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Continue west for about 15 miles to get to the refuge itself. Once there there is a large parking area for fisherman and hunters.

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The refuge has tons of water and the end of the bear river is here. It is a great place for fishing. I mostly use the area for driving and birding and photography. There is a 12 mile gravel auto tour route starting at the parking lot.

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There are a couple of boardwalks that you can get up above the marsh for better views. They are tons of areas you can walk in to as well.

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This marsh is the most common habitat around and the birds and small mammals love it!

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I have  spent quite a bit of time here and it is an amazing area for landscape photography. Its an amazing place for sunsets. Here are a few things I have seen here.

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Here are some of the different birds I have watched here. There are many many more at all times of the year.American Avocet Black Necked Stilt Cinnamon Teal Double Crested Cormorant (2) DSC_0001 DSC_0076 DSC_0081 DSC_0364 DSCF0877 DSCF1465 Juvenile Red Tailed Hawk (2) Great Blue Heron (2) DSCF2039 DSCF1782 DSCF1479 Ring Necked Pheasant Snowy Egret (3) Western Grebe (3) White Faced Ibis (3) Yellow Headed Blackbird

 


Personal Thoughts:

I have spent a lot of time here. Its great because its open all year and is a really nice place to go for a drive and relax for a couple hours. There are always beautiful sights and wildlife. If you are passing through Brigham on I-15 it is a very worth while detour.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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