Jensen Nature Park

Pied-billed Grebe Family at Jensen Park    by Paul Higgins    ŠPaul Higgins

~ submitted by Kristin Purdy

Description: Manmade ponds and associate wetlands on the edge of neighborhoods and agricultural lands. DWR stocks the ponds with fish.

Directions: A good spot to stop at on the way to/from Antelope Island State Park

From I-15 exit 332 (Antelope Drive), turn west and drive 4.5 miles to Bluff Road. Turn left (south) on Bluff and drive 2 miles, passing through a traffic circle along the way. Turn right into the park complex.

Alternate route if coming from the south: From I-15 exit 330, Layton Parkway, turn west and drive a half-mile to Flint Street. Turn right (north) on Flint and drive a half-mile to Gentile Street. Turn left (west) on Gentile and drive 3.4 miles to Bluff Road. Turn right (northwest) on Bluff and drive .8 miles. Turn left into the park complex.

Birding: Waterfowl, especially in the winter because the ponds don't all freeze when other shallow freshwater bodies do. Possibly the best and most reliable place in Northern Utah for Great-tailed Grackles year-round. The ponds are a community fishery that DWR stocks, so expect to see fish-eating birds like pelicans, cormorants, and terns. Good place to watch Pied-billed Grebe families in early summer.

Other: While you can observe all the water's surface from the parking area, paths surround the pond, extend into the wetlands and offer views of different microhabitats, which may also net birds like pheasants and sparrows.

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Nearby:  Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve, Kaysville Ponds, Antelope Is. Causeway, Antelope Island