Pintail Wetlands Nature Trail # 617

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Pintail Lake is an excellent observation and study area for anyone interested in waterfowl and waterfowl habitat. Two wildlife viewing blinds offer unique views over the ponds.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: May through October
Information Center: Lakeside Ranger District
(928) 368-2100
TTY: (928) 368-5088

General Information

General Notes:
  • The ponds were begun in 1977 as a joint venture between the Arizona Game and Fish Department, United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service, and City of Show Low.
  • Bird watchers will be especially interested in the area.

Accessibility:

3/8 miles total of which 1/4 mile is paved


Directions:

From Show Low take State Highway 77 north approximately 3.3 miles to Pintail Lake turnoff. Turn right and follow the gravel road to the dead end. Park your vehicle and follow the established trails to either the covered blind or open observation deck.


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Activities


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Pintail Lake is an excellent observation and study area for anyone interested in waterfowl and waterfowl habitat. Two wildlife viewing blinds offer unique views over the ponds.

A wide variety of waterfowl and marsh birds can be viewed on any given day. Wild Canadian geese and other migratory birds often use the lake as a stop over and rest area during migratory seasons.

The source of water is treated effluent from Show Low's sewer system. The wetlands were designed, planned and are being managed as a waterfowl enhancement area.
 

Elevation desc6,400 feet
Best Season: May through October
Difficulty Level: Easy

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
3/8 miles total of which 1/4 mile is paved

  Latitude : 
34.307

  Longitude : 
-110.03

 



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