Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area

EASY 11 reviews

Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hooper, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, birding, and canoeing and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
16 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

river

views

wildlife

bugs

Located in west Weber County near the Great Salt Lake is the Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area. This enormous 20,000-acre wetland is a mecca for waterfowl and birders alike. The latter can view the former in the form of grebes, herons, sandpipers, ducks, geese, and gulls. About 15,000 ducks are born here each year, with the most common species being cinnamon teal, gadwall, mallard, pintail and northern shoveler. There are dikes in the marshes that allow access to the marshes area where the birds can be seen.

trail running
8 days ago

You CANNOT do this loop from April to September. It is the opposite of what the descriptions says. It is a waterfowl area and it is nesting season during this time. They don't want you back in there. Also, this is a full-on dirt road, not a trail just f.y.i.

1 month ago

My husband and completed this hike on May 13, 2018. We live in Clinton, so we were actually able to bike there, chain our bikes, hike, then ride back.

The area itself was very interesting. We saw lots of wildlife.... frogs, a snake, and flocks of geese, cranes, and pelicans. The views were great as well... beautiful views of mountains on practically all sides.

The major drawback was the bugs. We were expecting them, and drenched ourselves in deet accordingly. It worked to some extent.... neither of us got bit. However, the bugs were still everywhere, congregating in swarms we could both see and hear. I sometimes had to put my jacket over my mouth and nose so that I wouldn't inhale them. Definitely made for a bit of stress!

birding
1 month ago

pretty walk. Not really a hike. We took our 7 kids. I wouldn’t recommend for children prone to get close to water edge and fall in. We used a child leash to keep a toddler close but I still felt pretty stressed out a few times. The views were pretty but the bugs as you can imagine were awful. Big mosquitoes and quick to fill your car the moment you open the door. We had a good laugh trying to get kids in and out. Overall it was a great time and we plan to go back. With better bug repellent. Lol

walking
7 months ago

Nice way to get out and walk around and see a lot of fowl and the view of the mountains. Since it is an easy trail you can pick up the pace.

10 months ago

It's got some pretty good sunsets and kyacking out there is pretty fun if no where else is nearby

11 months ago

not much for scenery and LOTS of mosquitos

walking
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Just went to check it out, only went 3 miles, but it was just to see what it was like.

hiking
Friday, July 15, 2016

There is no longer a trail to walk or hike. Perhaps it has been overgrown. The restroom was good.

walking
Monday, May 27, 2013

Not so much a hike as it is a peaceful place to walk. It's very quite and all you can hear are the birds and the wind. If it isn't windy there will be bugs- it is wetlands after all so bring some bug repellant. This is a bird hunting location in the fall and winter. It is a waterfowl managment area so keep away from nests and follow the same rules as hiking and camping- leave it clean or cleaner than it was when you arrived.

walking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016