Mittry Lake Wildlife Area
|Description: Mittry Lake is a 400-acre oxbow of the Little Colorado River, with a well-developed wetland and marsh habitat adjacent to harsh desert conditions. Wonderful views of three surrounding mountain ranges combine with excellent waterfowl and wildlife viewing. In winter, up to 10,000 waterfowl may be present. This is one of the most accessible settings for wildlife viewing in the Colorado River floodplain.|
Wildlife to Watch: A variety of birds like the yellow-billed cuckoo, summer tanager, and willow flycatcher may use the area. Yuma clapper rail nest on site. Surveys have revealed California black rail and Virginia rail nesting along the shore. The marsh also supports nesting populations of marsh wren, American coot, common moorhen, least bittern, and pied-billed grebe.
Winter users include many duck species, sora, American white pelican, double-crested cormorant and northern harrier. During migration, thousands of swallows are sometimes observed coming to roost for the night in the marsh vegetation. Resident bird species include black-crowned night-heron, great blue heron, snowy egret, osprey, and many others. Mammals include mule deer, javelina, and bobcat. Tiger whiptail, desert spiny lizard, common side-blotched lizard, ornate tree lizard, common kingsnake, western diamond-backed rattlesnake, and a variety of other reptiles can be viewed in the area.
Special Tips: Watch for wild burros along the paved roads. Designated seasonal closure areas provide sanctuary for migrating waterfowl
Other Activities: Trails are unmarked and unmaintained, but walking and hiking areas are accessed from the parking area, designated roads, or by watercraft.
Ownership: Arizona Game & Fish Department
Size: 3575 acres
Closest Town: Yuma
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