~Willard Bay State Park and Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge~

 

Willard Mountain
Willard Mountain

We enjoyed this view of Willard Mountain from our site.

 

Willard Bay State Park, Site 61
Willard Bay State Park, Site 61

Willard Bay is a  lovely Utah State Park with nice pull-thru and back-in sites. Lots to do in this park, one of which is to walk down a trail to Willard Bay and enjoy swimming, fishing and boating. Wish I had time to write more about the park, but I don’t.

If interested go out to their web-site http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/willard-bay-state-park and learn more about this state park.

The only complain about the park is traffic noise, because it is located just off I-84.

One of the first things you notice upon entering the small town of Willard is how quaint and clean it is. Same goes for Willard Bay State Park and the lovely, historical town of Brigham City just to the north. We spend two nights at Willard Bay and I wish we would have had more time to tour around the area.

 

A small bog in the park
A small bog in the park

The  park, with its large selection of trees and scrubs, offers great nesting and food sources  for the birds.

 

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Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

 

On our second day we took a ride to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge just to the north toward Brigham City. I admit, I haven’t been to a lot of refuges, but Bear River is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. In the Hansen educational center we watched a film showcasing the importance of this refuge for migrating birds and others that nest here.The film was breathtaking!

Please go out, if interested, and read about this Refuge at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/bear_river_migratory_bird_refuge.

 

James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center
James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center

 

"Welcome to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge"
“Welcome to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge”

Cliff  Swallow

 

"Welcome to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge"
“Welcome to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge”

A White Pelican

 

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

It must be spectacular to visit in the spring and fall when the refuge is filled with thousands of migrating birds!

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Local Bing Cherries
Local Bing Cherries

 

As the locals told us “the cherries are on, so make sure you stop and get some”.  Well that is exactly what we did. After leaving the bird refuge we found one of the recommended fruit stands and purchased not only Bing Cherries, but some Apricots. The landscape, in this area, is filled with Cherry Trees.

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I took lots of photos while visiting the refuge and I look forward to sharing this beautiful area with you!

5 thoughts on “~Willard Bay State Park and Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge~”

    1. I will have to look up Ayers Rock. I took this photo at 9:00pm. The evening light sure captures the colors. Hope you are having a great adventure!

    1. Hi Gay, this bird refuge is a must see! It is beautiful and must be an experience to behold when there are thousands of migrating birds there!

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