Bear River Bird Refuge Drive Brigham City to the Refuge

Brigham City, Utah

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A 22-mile drive through lush marshlands and across impoundment pools at the mouth of the Bear River. Utah sits right on a migratory path called the Pacific Flyway. Each fall and spring hundreds of thousands of waterfowl congregate in the marshlands formed where fresh water flows into the Great Salt Lake. This drive focuses on the most extensive of several waterfowl refuges established to protect migrating birds, which have also become year-round homes to a great variety of wildlife. In terms of miles driven, this is a very short outing. It is a 44-mile round-trip from Brigham City; the refuge loop drive itself is but 12 miles. But you can spend lots of time on this drive because convenient pullouts allow you to park and study the incredible variety of life lurking in the pools and marsh grasses. Special attractions: The Great Salt Lake and myriad varieties of marsh-dependent birds. Nearby attractions: Ogden River Scenic Byway, Willard Peak Scenic Backway, Antelope Island/Great Salt Lake State Park, and Harold Crane Waterfowl Management Area. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Utah

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Scenic Driving Utah

by Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras (Falcon Guides)

A 22-mile drive through lush marshlands and across impoundment pools at the mouth of the Bear River. Utah sits right on a migratory path called the Pacific Flyway. Each fall and spring hundreds of thousands of waterfowl congregate in the marshlands formed where fresh water flows into the Great Salt Lake. This drive focuses on the most extensive of several waterfowl refuges established to protect migrating birds, which have also become year-round homes to a great variety of wildlife. In terms of miles driven, this is a very short outing. It is a 44-mile round-trip from Brigham City; the refuge loop drive itself is but 12 miles. But you can spend lots of time on this drive because convenient pullouts allow you to park and study the incredible variety of life lurking in the pools and marsh grasses.

Special attractions: The Great Salt Lake and myriad varieties of marsh-dependent birds. Nearby attractions: Ogden River Scenic Byway, Willard Peak Scenic Backway, Antelope Island/Great Salt Lake State Park, and Harold Crane Waterfowl Management Area. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Brigham City
Distance: 22
Season: April to January, although heavy rains can close the roads
Local Contacts: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear River Bird Refuge Drive: Brigham City to the Refuge

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Apr 2018