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Allred's Pond

Directions:  Take UT 73 (Main Street) west of Lehi about 2 miles, and turning north on 10400 West just past the Jordan River crossing. The pond is on the right side of the road about 1/2 mile north.

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Alpine Loop

Directions:  The Alpine Loop can be accessed from either Provo Canyon (taking the road to Sundance) or American Fork Canyon. 

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American Fork Canyon

Directions:  Access to the canyon is either by way of 100 East in Pleasant Grove (which becomes Canyon Road) or by way of the Highland/Alpine exit off I-15 (#284), following the signs to Timpanogos Cave

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American Fork Marina

Directions:  Access to the American Fork Marina is via 6000 West, American Fork, N 40º 20.500' W 111º 48.070'.

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Anderson Park in Pleasant Grove  (Has been "upgraded" and become less desirable for birding)

Directions: Go east on 200 South (Battle Creek Dr.) in Pleasant Grove. When you get to 950 East, turn left (north) and go about a block and a half to the park.

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Battle Creek Canyon  (Submitted by Eric Huish)

Directions:  Battle Creek Canyon is located at the East end of 200 South (Battle Creek Dr.) in Pleasant Grove, Utah County.

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Benjamin Slough

Directions:  Take 400 North in Spanish Fork and go west about 5 miles to 4800 West  (that's the first place the road turns) 

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Bennie Creek

Directions:  Bennie Creek can be accessed from the Birdseye side or from the Nebo Loop up Payson Canyon.  See Details.

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Bicentennial Park, (Provo)

Directions:  From the intersection of  300 South and 700 East in Provo, go south (southeast) on State Street about 1 mile to 1440 South  and turn left (east). There's a gas station on the corner right next to a Chinese restaurant "First Wok". Go a couple of block straight east into the parking lot.

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Big Spring Hollow, (South Fork, Provo Canyon)

Directions:  At the mouth of Provo Canyon, take US 189 going up the canyon about 5 miles to Vivian Park.  Turn right across the bridge and railroad tracks, through Vivian Park and continue up South Fork Road about 3 1/2 miles and turn right at the National Forest access sign. (They should be putting up a sign pretty soon,  for the new park at the mouth of Big Spring Hollow)

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Botany Pond--BYU Campus

 Directions: From University Avenue in Provo, turn east on 800 North Street.  The Botany Pond and area of trees and grass is located between 200 East and 500 East.  (The Botany Pond area is connected to trails the go through an area of thick bushes and trees along a canal that skirt the BYU campus and is a good area for birding).

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Bridal Veil Falls

 Directions: Take the 800 North, Orem exit of I-15 (exit #273) going east on UT 52. After about 4 miles bear left at the US 189 intersection going up Provo Canyon. After about 2 1/2 miles you can turn off at the Bridal Veil Falls/Nunn's Park parking lot to access the Provo River Trail or continue about a half mile to the Bridal Veil Falls overlook which is directly in front of the falls.

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Bunnel's Pond

 Directions: From Geneva Road in west Provo:  Go west on 1520 north for about 3 blocks and turn right into this short dead end road which ends by the pond

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Broad Canyon (Auto Tour)

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Camelot Woods

Directions: From the northernmost Springville exit of I-15, (exit 261) turn to the west, then immediately turn north and park.

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Cedar Valley  (Auto Tour)

Directions: Begin the tour at the Lehi Exit of I-15: exit 279 heading west

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Chimney Rock Road

Directions:  From Elberta, go north on UT 68. At mile marker 7 turn west on Chimney Rock Road (also known as the road to Allen's Ranch) and drive about 5 miles (birding along the way) until you come to Chimney Rock.  You can continue a short distance to Cedar Valley and take the Homansville Pass Road which goes south (to the left) about 6 miles come out on US 6 about 2 miles east of Eureka.  Bird the sagebrush slopes  and pinyon-juniper hills along the way.

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Diamond Fork Canyon    (Auto / Walking Tour)

Directions:  To get to Diamond Fork Canyon from Provo, drive south on I-15 to Exit number 258 and travel east on highway 6 toward Spanish Fork Canyon, taking twenty-five to thirty minutes. Take the turn-off to Diamond Fork Canyon exit, which is 11. 5 miles east of I-15. You are now on Forest Service Road #029 at N 40 01.780' W 111 30.410'.

 

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Dry Creek Canyon  ~ taken from a UCB newsletter article by Merrill Webb

Directions: From Main Street in Alpine turn east on  200 North. Go to 200 East (becomes Grove Drive) and turn north and continue about 1.8 miles to a "T" in the road. Turn Right then immediately left and follow the road to the parking area for the Dry Creek Trailhead.

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East Bay

Directions:  From the University exit  (Exit 263) of I-15 in south Provo, go east on 1860 South (the street just south of the tall Novell building).  Go through two stoplights and turn right at 700 East (Industrial Parkway -- signed only on the north of the intersection) which has signs indicating access to Kuhni Road and 1910 South. This road turns immediately into 1920 South and skirts around the east side of the East Bay Golf Course along 950 East which becomes Kuhni Road.

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Elberta Slant Road  (Submitted by Merrill Webb)

Directions:  From Provo take I-15 south to the Santaquin exit.  Turn right towards the town of Santa quin and drive 10.6 miles to Elberta going through the towns of Genola and Goshen on the way.  At the Elberta crossroad turn right and drive for .9 miles.  Immediately after crossing the roalroad tracks turn left at 1280 West 146 South on to a dirt road.  This is the beginning of the Elberta Slant Road.

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Evergreen Cemetery

Directions: Go south on Main Street in Springville and bear right at about 600 South on Hwy. 89 which go back over the road and continues in a southeasterly direction.  Continue about a mile passed 1600 South (Springville) and take the next right (about 1600 North - Mapleton) and go about 3 block to the cemetery.

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Fifth West  (5th West)

Directions: Drive south on University Avenue turning west at 920 South. Drive past where the road passes underneath the I-15 Freeway, then turn south on a road named "Frontage Road", which turns into 500 West. Drive to 1820 South and park along the street.  You can walk on the dirt road that continues to the south.

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Four Thousand West Wetlands in Lake Shore  (submitted by Merrill Webb)

Directions:  From Provo drive south on I-15 to the second Springville Exit (number 260).  Turn right onto 400 South and drive 4.0 miles to a T-junction.  Turn right onto 4400 South and in .3 miles cross the Spanish Fork River into Lake Shore and drive another 1.5 miles to 5200 South and turn right.  Drive one mile west on 5200 South to 4000 West and turn right onto a dirt road.  Drive .5 miles to a green, steel gate on the right and an observation tower.

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Geneva Cooling Ponds

Directions:  The Geneva Cooling Ponds are just south of the Lindon Marina and west of Geneva Steel Plant on West Geneva Road. Access is from Geneva Road at 200 South, Lindon or 400 South, Orem. From either of these proceed west toward the lake.

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Goshen Bay Road (Extension of Center Street going north from Goshen)

Directions:  Go north on Center Street in Goshen (this becomes Goshen Bay Road).  In about  a mile the paved road (14000 South) goes off to the left. The Goshen Bay Road continues to the north for about 1 1/2 miles.

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Goshen Canyon  (also in Juab County)

Directions:  Go south on Center Street in Goshen (this becomes Goshen Canyon Road).  The mouth of the Canyon is about 3 miles south of town.

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Grove Creek Canyon

Directions: Grove Creek Canyon is located at the East end of 500 North (becomes Grove Creek Dr.) in Pleasant Grove, Utah County.

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Green's Pond, [Secret Pond]

Directions:  1. Go north on Center Street in Goshen (this becomes Goshen Bay Road).  In about  a mile turn left on the paved road which is 14000 South.  Go about 3/4 of a mile to the gate to Phil Green's farm.  There's a small pond on the south side of the road and a larger one on the other side of the fence.  Phil Green is a nice fellow, please respect his property.
2. Go west of Goshen on US 6 a little less than 1/2 mile and turn right (north) on 11130 West.  Go less than a mile to the "T" in the road and go left (west) to the gate as mentioned above.

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Highland Glen Park

Directions:  Turn west of 4800 West about 1/2 mile south of Highland Highway and just north of Lone Peak High School.  The road goes along the west side of the high school and has several large speed bumps then it curves right going down the hill into the lowlands of the park.

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Hobble Creek Parkway

Directions:  Take the southernmost Springville Exit of I-15 (#260) (3900 South Utah County / 400 South Springville) and go to 1300 East (and 400 South) in Springville and turn right on Canyon Dr.  Go about 2 miles (the road will be going south and then curve eastward) to the mouth of Hobble Creek Canyon and a catch-basin dam.  Go one mile past the dam and turn right at the  "Hobble Creek Parkway" road sign.  The parking lot is several hundred feet down the road.

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Inlet Park  (See Jordan River Sportsman Access)

Connected to Jordan River Sportsman Access

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Jones' Ranch, (Payson Canyon)

Directions:  Take 600 East Street in Payson to the canyon road.  Go about 10 miles up Payson Canyon about 1/4 mile past the second Payson Lakes turnoff (just before the turn off to the Payson Lakes Guard Station.  The house and coral to the west is Jones' Ranch and the riparian area with the stream running through, is Jones' Ranch Flat.

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Jordan River Airfield  (Model Airplane Airfield, R/C Modelport)

Directions:  Take Lehi Main Street (I-15 exit #279) west 2.7 miles to 2300 W.  Take 2300 West, South 2.3 miles.  The Parking area is on the right side of the road.

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Jordan River Sportsman Access & Inlet Park  (See also Provo / Jordan River Parkway)

Directions:  Take Lehi Main Street (I-15 exit #279)  west 2.7 miles to 2300 W.  Take 2300 West, South 2.3 miles.  The Parking area is on the right side of the road.  The trails take of accross the road towards Utah Lake.

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Knolls

Directions: Access is from Highway 68 (Redwood Road) at mile marker 19 (N 40º 12.437' W 111º 53.673'). Take the gravel road to the lake.

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Kuhni's Wetlands  (See Provo Wetlands WMA)
  


Lake Shore Sportsman Access (4000 West)

Directions: Access is by going north on 4000 West, (Benjamin), which turns into a dirt road north of 5200 South where it enters marsh land

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LeBarron Point

Directions: On the east side of the south end of Utah Lake, west of West Mountain, LeBarron Point sticks out into the lake, N 40 02.972' W 111 52.319. 

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Lehi Section of the Jordan River Parkway

Directions:   From 2300 West and 1500 North in Lehi, go west for about a half mile to the Jordan River.

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Lincoln Beach

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Lincoln Point & West Mountain  (Auto Tour)

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Lincoln Point

Directions: (These are directions for the direct, easy route to Lincoln Point, see Lincoln Beach above for directions through an excellent birding route)  Take Exit 260 (I-15) and go south on Spanish Fork Main Street to 400 North.  Turn right and go west about 5 miles on what becomes 7300 South to 5600 West. Jog right to 7200 South and go left (west) four blocks where the road turns right and goes to 6400 South.  Turn left on 6400 South and follow the road as it turn right and goes about 2 miles, just past Lincoln Beach, and curves left around Lincoln Point.

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Lindon Marina 

Directions:  Take I-15 exit 273 drive West then turn right at Geneva Rd. (first light). Turn left at the next light (200 S Lindon/2000 N Orem). Drive west until you come to the T in the road (the gate into the garbage dump will be in front of you) Turn Left. Follow this road, the road will curve to the right, go over the railroad track then curve left again right in front of the entrance to the Lindon Marina.  

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Lower Hobble Creek WMA

Directions:   Go west on Exit 261 (Springville exit).  Turn left (main road) to go on the frontage road. Continue about a quarter of a mile to a small parking lot along the road with a large sign for the management area.

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Lower Provo River Parkway  (Walking Tour)

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Maple Canyon   (Whiting Campground)

Directions:  Drive east on 400 N. in Mapleton. At the mouth of the canyon this road will turn slightly to the south and become Maple Canyon Road. This road continues for about 1.6 miles and ends at the back of the Whiting Campground at a small trailhead parking lot. A very easy to moderate hiking trail heads North and East from this trailhead parking lot.

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Manning Canyon

Directions: Go west from Fairfield on UT 73 about 1 1/4 miles (mile post 19.1).  Turn right on the dirt road and go about a mile to the bulletin board for Fivemile Pass Recreation Area.

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Mill Race Sportsman Access, [Provo Bay]

Directions:  Exit I-15 at the Mountain Springs exit  (exit 261,  the northern most Springville exit) and turn west, then north passing Camelot Woods on your left and continuing on the frontage road. 

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Monk's Hollow  ~ taken from a UCB newsletter article by Merrill Webb

Directions:  In Diamond Fork Canyon (Billie's Mountain quad map) about two miles up from the campground the forest service has recently constructed a new group picnic site just across the stream at a location known as "Monk's Hollow".

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Mountain Springs Park (see Springville Industrial Park)


Mount Timpanogos Trail

Directions:  Go east from Exit 272 ( I-15) in Orem on UT 52 (800 North) to the mouth of Provo Canyon.  Follow the road  left on US 189 and go up the canyon about 6 miles and turn north on UT 92 going toward the Sundance Resort.  Go about 5 miles, just past Aspen Grove to the Mount Timpanogos Trailhead.

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Nebo Loop / Payson Lakes - Auto Tour (80 miles)

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Oxbow, Provo River Parkway

Directions: Take the Provo Center Street Exit -- 265(B) off I-15 in Provo and go about 2 miles west towards Utah Lake State Park.  Just before you get to the fee station for the state park, turn right and go about a block and turn right on Boat Harbor Road.  Go about a mile to a parking lot that's right next to the road.  Take the trail going up stream for about 100 feet where the tail splits and goes around the oxbow.

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Page Fork  ~ taken from a UCB newsletter article  by Merrill Webb

Directions: Drive up Spanish Fork Canyon and turn right at the junction with Highway 89 towards Thistle and Birdseye. After the Birdseye church take the third right (Nebo Creek) and drive 1.5 miles past the forest boundary fence and cattle guard to Page Fork. Turn left (south), ford the stream and go approximately 100 meters to the cattle guard.

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Payson Lakes, Payson Canyon

Directions: Take 600 East Street in Payson to the canyon road.  Go about 9 miles up Payson Canyon.  There are two roads going to the lakes.  The first road goes to two smaller lakes and the second road goes to the large one.

Area Map:  Payson Lakes Area Map ("Birds of Utah" booklet)
Tour: Nebo Loop - Auto Tour ("Birds of Utah" booklet)

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Payson Lakes Guard Station  (Rock Spring)

Directions: Take 600 East Street in Payson to the canyon road.  Go about 10 miles up Payson Canyon about 1/4 mile past the second Payson Lakes turnoff (just before the turn off to the Payson Lakes Guard Station.  The riparian area just below the guard station is a very good place bird as well as the aspen tree to the west.

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Powell Lake

 Directions: Go west on Lehi Main Street about 3 miles.  Turn left (south) onto Willow Lane (3130 West) and go to the stop sign a couple of blocks away.  Turn right onto Willow Reed (340 South) and Powell Lake will be about 1 block away.

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Powell Slough

Directions: Powell Slough is a large marshy area near the Orem Water Treatment Plant, with a number of waterways winding through the reeds providing habitat for American Coots, Common Moorhen and other waterfowl. ~ Robin Tuck

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Provo Airport Dike  (Auto / Walking Tour)

Directions: To get to the Airport Dike (see Provo Airport Area Map), take the Provo Center Street west exit off I-15 (#265[B]). Continue west on Center Street towards the Provo Boat Harbor. The Airport road, 3110 West, runs south off Center street about one mile past the Geneva road intersection and is marked by a sign saying "Airport". Turn left here and go 0.9 miles to the beginning of the Provo Airport Dike, N 40 13.548' W 111 42.794'.

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Provo Bay   (See Mill Race)

Directions: Go west on Exit 261 (Springville exit).  Where the road turns left to go on the frontage road, turn right and go past "The Forest of Camelot" to the dirt road along the east side of Provo Bay. 

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Provo City Cemetery

Directions: The Provo City Cemetery has a large number of old mature deciduous and coniferous trees which attracts a number of small birds. Daytime access is west of State Street (US Highway 89) at 800 South. Birding in the Cemetery is best in the winter.

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Provo / Jordan River Parkway


Provo Wetlands WPA (Kuhni's Wetlands)

From the University exit  (Exit 263) of I-15 in south Provo, go east on 1860 South (the street just south of the tall Novell building).  Go through two stoplights and turn right at 700 East (Industrial Parkway -- signed only on the north of the intersection) which has signs indicating access to Kuhni Road and 1910 South... see details

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River Lane / Sandy Beach Sportsman Access

Directions:  From the southern-most Springville Exit of I-15  (#260, 400 South). Go west onto SR 77 (4000 S. Utah Co.) and drive about 4 miles to a T-junction. Turn right onto 4400 South and then in about .2 miles turn right onto River Lane..

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Rock Canyon

Directions: Go about a half mile past the Provo Temple on 2300 North in Provo to Rock Canyon Trailhead Park.

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Salem Park Pond

 Directions: From Geneva Road in west Provo:  Go west on 1520 north for about 3 blocks and turn right into this short dead end road which ends by the pond

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Salem Pond

Directions:  From the North: From Main St. in Spanish Fork go south about 4 miles out of town (becomes UT 198) to the middle of Salem.  Turn left on 300 West and then immediately left on 200 South and you'll run into the pond in about a block.
     From the West: From 100 North. in Payson go east about 3 miles out of town (becomes UT 198) to the middle of Salem.  Turn left on 300 West and then immediately left on 200 South and you'll run into the pond in about a block.

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Sandy Beach Sportsman Access / River Lane     See River Lane


Saratoga Springs Park

Directions: From the Main Street (also Redwood Road)  in Saratoga Springs, go to Centennial Blvd. (1660 South) and turn toward the lake. In a few blocks the road will make a strong curve to the right.  The park is right on this curve toward the lake.

 

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Sheep Creek

Directions: Drive about 20 miles up Spanish Fork Canyon on US 6 toward Price. Turn left (north) onto Sheep Creek Road (FR 051).

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Silver Lake Flat

Directions: From I-15 take exit 284 (Highland, Alpine) and go east about 7 miles to the mouth of American Fork Canyon. Proceed up the canyon about 6 miles, and  turn left and go about 2 1/2 miles to Tibble Fork Reservoir.  Take the road to the left going to Granite Flat and go about 3/4 of a mile and turn right on a small, steep, winding dirt road that the leads to Silver Lake Flat a couple of miles away.

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Skipper Bay Trail 
(Part of the Provo River / Jordon River Parkway going north from Utah Lake State Park)

Directions: Go west on Center Street in Provo until you cross the bridge across the Provo River (just before you enter Utah Lake State Park).  Turn right immediately and go north about a block to the "T" where you turn left into a small parking lot.  The trail goes north from the west end of this narrow parking lot.

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South Fork of Provo Canyon  (see Vivian Park and Big Spring Hollow )


Spanish Fork River Park

Directions: Go about 8 miles up Spanish Fork Canyon on US 6 / 89.  Go just past the Diamond Fork Canyon Road and turn right onto a dirt road the goes across the railroad tracks.  Proceed up the road along the river until the road turns across a bridge to an old railroad grade.  The birding is good along both sides of the river.

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Spring Lake

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Directions: Spring Lake is a shallow spring-fed pond about 2 miles south of Payson on State Highway 6. Turn east on 12400 South and go one block down the hill. This pond generally has a number of ducks on the north end, which has a road around it with picnic tables.


Springville Industrial Park  (Mountain Springs Parkway)

Directions: Take the first Springville exit if your heading southbound on I-15. Head east when you get off of the exit, go past the first light and the Flying J and Maverick gas stations. Turn right on the second light which is posted as 1100 west.

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Squaw Peak Trail

Directions: Go east from Exit 272 ( I-15) in Orem on UT 52 (800 North) to the mouth of Provo Canyon.  Follow the road left on US 189 and go up the canyon about 1.9 miles   Turn right on the paved road.  This road goes to the Squaw Peak overlook (overlooking Utah valley), to Hope campground, at which point the pavement ends and a good graded road continues to Rock Canyon Campground.  From here the road becomes rough as it continues to Hobble Creek Canyon.

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Stewart Falls

Directions: Go up Provo Canyon and take the Sundance Ski Resort turnoff.  There are two ways to get to the falls:
     (Aspen Grove tail)
 
From the northwest end of the northern-most Aspen Grove parking lot take the trail the skirt the west end of the amphi-theater. (It's about 1.5 miles to the falls.
     (Sundance Nature Tail) 
You can get there from Sundance, but you may have to ask for directions.

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Swede Lane

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Directions:To get to Swede Lane take exit 260 from I-15 and head West. Stay on this road [US 77, 4000 W.] (it makes a few turns) until you pass a canal. There will be marshy habitat on your right. You will get to a point where the road makes a full turn to the South (left) [about 4 miles from I-15] instead of following the road to the South take the dirt road to the North [2750 W.]. If you look closely there is a faded street sign marking the road as Swede Lane. The dirt road extends to the North for one field then takes a Left. At the end of the next field the road makes a 'T' junction, stay right and just follow the road for great birding. (Instructions by Chad Jardine)  [added information is in brackets]


Thistle Dam (the riparian area down stream) [see Spanish Fork River Park]


Timpanogos Trail  (see Mount Timpanogos Trail)


Timpanogos Wastewater Treatment Plant

Directions: Take The 2nd Pleasant Grove Exit off I-15 (Exit #275) then turn West. Go straight through the next intersection then turn left after the railroad tracks. You are now at the treatment plant. Drive straight through the treatment plant until you reach the T in the road at the ponds. Go right or left, this is a loop road around the ponds and will bring you back to the same spot.

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Timpooneke Road

Directions: At Timpooneke campground a dirt road takes off to the north and winds around to the front of Mount Timpanogos. The distance from the mouth of American Fork Canyon to the Timpooneke Campground is 8.4 miles. There is no indication at the campground and trailhead that this is the start of the Timpooneke road. Enter the campground, driving by the pay booth (no fee is necessary) for .8 miles. The road turns to dirt and you have come to a "Y". To the left is the campground and a riparian habitat with a beaver pond. Turning to the right is the Timpooneke road.

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Timpooneke Trail

Directions: From the mouth of American Fork Canyon, go 8.4 miles along the Alpine Loop road and turn right to the Timpooneke Campground. Go a short distance past the campground host trailer to a  parking lot on the left and the Timpooneke Trailhead.   The trail leads to the summit of Mt. Timpanogos about 9 miles away, but is a nice place to bird as far up as you'd like to go.

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Tintic Loop (Near Eureka)

Directions:  From Elberta go west 3.5 miles on US 6 and bear left onto a small asphalt road.  This is the beginning of the loop.  See details for specific stopping places on the loop.

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Utah Lake State Park   (Submitted by Robin Tuck)

Directions: The Utah Lake State Park is at the west end of Provo Center Street at Utah Lake. N 40º 14.215' W 111º 44.016'.

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Vivian Park (Provo Canyon)

Directions: Take Exit 272 of I-15 in Orem and go east on 800 North (UT 52) about 4 miles to the mouth of Provo Canyon.  Keep left and continue up the canyon on US 189.  About 5 miles up the canyon turn right and cross the bridge to Vivian Park.  (The Tail along the south side of the river, going downstream, has good riparian and marshy areas)

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Wardsworth Creek  ~ from a UCB newsletter article by Merrill Webb

Directions: Access is by a paved road which goes up the right hand fork of Hobble Creek Canyon a little over 7 miles east of Kelly's Grove and about 1/2 mile past Balsam Campground. The trail starts at a green gate just as the road veers south across the stream and becomes a gravel road.

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Warm Springs Wildlife Management Area

Directions: Go west from Exit 244 (I-15) in Sanatquin on US 6 about 4.4 miles.  Turn left after the railroad tracks and go about 0.6 miles.  Turn left over the railroad track and immediately go right to the parking lot.

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