Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area

EASY 12 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.

4.2 miles
16 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips

paddle sports






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.

1 month ago

Attempted this today, most was gated off and cows on the other side. Not a single other human was in sight! We didn’t get to do much because the no trespassing and gated areas. Also on here says dogs ok on leash, but there was many no dogs signs posted. All the birds and fowl was amazing! We loved it! We hope to go back on a cooler day. Was nice and flat so my kids LOVED it and loved the huge variety of fowl.

trail running
2 months 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.

3 months 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!

3 months 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

9 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.

Monday, July 24, 2017

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

not much for scenery and LOTS of mosquitos

Saturday, September 10, 2016

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

Friday, July 15, 2016

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

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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016