Finding A Hawk Watch
Name: Jordanelle Reservoir
Town/City/County: Heber City, Wasatch County
Web Site URL: http://www.hawkwatch.org
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Name: HawkWatch International
Phone: (801) 484-6808 or (800) 762-4295
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From Interstate 80 east of Salt Lake City, take U.S. Highway 40 east towards Denver. Eleven miles east (south) of the intersection (called Silver Summit) you will see Jordanelle Reservoir on the east side of the highway. Proceed down a long hill to the next marked crossroad, with turns towards Midway (to the west) and Kamas to the east. Turn left onto State Route 32 to Kamas. Proceed to the first available paved road to the left, called Jordanelle Dam road (which dead ends into the dam after a couple of miles) heading north. Proceed ~ 1.1 miles and turn left onto a small unmarked dirt road that leads into a fisherman's access parking area along the Provo River. Park in the lot and proceed on foot across the gated bridge and continue uphill on the main roadway. After about 1/4 mile, the road passes under U.S. 40. Approximately 50 yards beyond the culvert under the roadway, follow the primitive flagged trail north (to the right) along the Dept. of Transportat!
ion fenceline. Cross a low hill into the next drainage north, and follow the primitive flagged trail up the hill (north-northwest) to the observation lookout.
The Jordanelle lookout is located on the eastern foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, ~6 miles north of Heber City, Utah. The observation deck sits atop a small knoll that is reached via 1.5 mile trail that begins along the west side of U.S. Highway 40 and ascends about 700 feet. Gambel's Oak, Rocky Mountain Maple, Mountain Mahogany, and Big Sagebrush are the predominant woody plant species in the foothills, with Quaking Aspen, Douglas Fir, and White Fir at higher elevations.
There is very good general birding at the fisherman's access parking lot. Look for several warbler species stopping over on migration, yellow warblers all summer, American Dippers in the Provo River (and nesting on the bridge). As you hike through the Gambel's Oak, watch and listen for Spotted Towhees. Raptor counts average 4,000 - 5,000 per season, with very high Bald Eagle counts early in the season.
Contributed by: Paul Grindrod
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