Sand Hollow Reservoir

North Shore    by Staff Photographer    (June 2012)

~ Submitted by Pamela Wheeler

Description: Sand Hollow is a warm water reservoir created in 2003.  The south and east sides of the reservoir have shallow water that is gradually developing into some marshy habitat.  The boat ramp and some of the nearby islands are also good places to check while you are there.  The reservoir attracts a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds, and the adjacent desert areas are good places to look for desert birds.

Directions: While on I-15, take exit 16, towards Hurricane.  Travel for four miles and turn right at the light onto Turf Sod Road and follow the road south until it curves to the east and the entrance to Sand Hollow State Park.  Follow the paved road to reach a parking area, or turn right onto a dirt road just past the entrance station that circles the south and east sides.

Good Birds: Look for unusual gulls mixed in with the Ring-billed Gulls, and during migration, watch for unusual shorebirds foraging with Black stilts, Spotted Sandpipers Snowy Plover and American Avocets.  Forster's Terns can be found here in the spring and fall, along with the occasional Caspian and Black Tern. In the winter Bald Eagles and Osprey visit occasionally.  Common Loons, Eared, Clarkes, Western, and Pied-billed Grebes are seen most of the year.  Common ducks include Ruddy, Ring-necked, Lesser Scaup, Northern Pintail, Redhead, and Canvasback to Ducks, and Northern Shovelers.  Burrowing owls have been known to nest here.

Rare Birds: White Winged Scoter, Black scoter, Long-tailed Jaeger, Trumpeter Swan, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Glaucous Gull, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Sabine's Gull, Red-throated Loon, Neotropic Cormorant, Garganey, Lark Bunting, Dunlin, Black-bellied Plovers, Sanderlings, Horned Grebe.

Other: This area requires a $10 daily fee per vehicle-even to scan the reservoir for five minutes.  The best way to access the park is with a state parks pass.  Early morning is best, especially from spring to fall when boating and fishing activity is high.  Spring and fall migration are the most productive times of year to visit.
The sewer ponds you pass on Turf Sod Road on your way into the reservoir are often worth checking, as is nearby Quail Creek Reservoir (which does not charge a fee unless you enter the picnic/boat ramp area).

     eBird Data:   |  Sand Hollow Reservoir & SP  |

North End of Reservoir   by Staff Photographer    (June 2012)

Sand Hollow Dam    by Staff Photographer    (June 2012)

Shady Spot on the South Shore    by Staff Photographer    (June 2012)

Sand and Brush on the South Shore    by Staff Photographer    (June 2012)

South Shore Marshes   by Staff Photographer    (June 2012)


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