|Allen Severson Wildlife Area (Pintail Lake)|
The City of Show Low, in cooperation with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and Arizona Game and Fish Department, became the first Arizona community and one of the first in the nation to create artificial wetlands for the disposal of wastewater effluent. The scarcity of marshland ecosystems...
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
|Description: Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area offers year-round wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as camping, fishing, picnicking, and boating. A dam on Show Low Creek forms 180-acre Fool Hollow Lake, creating a natural feeding ground for a variety of wildlife.|
Wildlife to Watch: Fool Hollow Lake is a very good birding site. Visitors should walk campsite loops and look for common mergansers and other diving ducks on the eastern arm of the lake. During winter months, visitors can often see bald eagles perched on snags. On the west side of the lake, fishing piers are good places to set spotting scopes to view both dabbling and diving ducks. In addition to a wide variety of waterfowl, other water birds that can be observed here include double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, black-crowned night-heron, spotted sandpiper, and long-billed dowitcher.
The upland area offers rock wren, dark-eyed junco, pygmy and white-breasted nuthatch and several woodpecker species, like red-naped sapsucker and northern flicker. At the bluffs, look for belted kingfisher and black phoebe. During spring migration, check clumps of trees for migrating warblers, including Virginia’s, orange-crowned, and red-faced, plus warbling vireo. Also watch for northern harrier, osprey, turkey vulture, and American kestrel. In addition to birds, visitors may see other animals such as mule deer, elk, Abert’s and rock squirrels, golden-mantled ground squirrel, Arizona treefrog, Arizona toad, and eastern collared lizard.
Ownership: Arizona State Parks
Size: 800 acres
Closest Town: Show Low
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