Local residents have more than likely been made aware of the flooding at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge which has closed West Forest Street west of the refuge visitor center that goes out to the auto tour loop but since I have viewers from out of state who often write to me asking about the birds and conditions at the refuge I thought I would share two photos of the flooding seen right before the closed gate. These were taken yesterday.
This photo was taken looking due north from the edge of West Forest Street, I have never seen the water this high or close to the road in this location. This water is from the Bear River which has overflowed its banks, the flooding has occurred because of warm temps melting some of the snow pack early and quickly and from the snow and rain we have had in the area recently. The mountains you see on the right are part of the Wasatch Mountain Range.
This photo was taken looking nearly due west from West Forest Street, right after the white line ends there is a closed gate (hard to see in this image) and that is as far as we can go right now. You can see that the water comes right to the edge of the road on both sides. The Bear River isn’t even all that close to this area (about 1.4 km) though the Reeder Overflow is just beyond the gate. I can only imagine what it looks like where the Bear River is right next to the road.
I’m sure local folks will easily recognize this view from the road. That is the Promontory Mountain Range way off in the distance.
This flooding is probably good for the Great Salt Lake for raising the lake level but it has caused damage to many homes in northern Utah.
Hope all the roads and structures past the closed gate at the refuge are okay.
I am anxious to get out to the Bear River MBR auto tour loop of the refuge to see what migrants have flown in but right now that isn’t possible and there isn’t any information on when the road will open again (last I checked).
The Tundra Swans are probably enjoying the marshes at the refuge without humans traveling the auto tour loop but they have already begun to move north towards their breeding grounds. I hope some of them hang around until after the road opens again, I need a swan call fix before they leave!
I’ll post a note when the auto tour loop at the refuge is open again.
Life is good.
The visitor center at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is open its normal hours.