The Morton Section of the Bear River Bottoms is owned by PacifiCorp Energy, and its 455 acres follow the Bear River for 4 miles. This land includes marshes, floodplains, and fields. It is open to public access for nature appreciation and fishing or hunting in season.
On spring mornings, birds and frogs can be heard singing as the sun thaws the ground. Cattails and grasses stand tall while birds splash and swim in the Bear River. Fishers will enjoy the isolated nature of the property and its access to the river, and hunters and bird-watchers can enjoy the fowl that nest in the marshes on the property.
Located just outside of Trenton, Utah, this land represents a Conservation Partnership between the Pacificorp (the landowner), and the Bear River Land Conservancy. Bear River Land Conservancy maintains these lands as a space for public recreation, natural habitat, and occasionally an educational tool for school groups and students at Utah State University.
Our volunteers have put in over 5,000 hours of work to beautify and restore this property’s natural plants. In addition, 12.5 acres of the land were used to mitigate wetland losses when local highways were rebuilt.
Interactive I-SPY Activity
From the center of Trenton, Utah, travel north 1.5 miles. Turn right at the “T” and go another 1/10 mile to a gate before coming the metal bridge. Park so as not block the gate and walk in to enjoy the open space. Hunting is allowed in season. Please, no fires.
We would like to recognize the partners who have helped us conserve this property:
- Our wonderful volunteers
- Our Neighboring Farmers and Ranchers
- Bridgerland Audubon Society
- PacifiCorp Energy
- The Nature Conservancy
- Intermountain West Joint Venture
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners Program
- Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
- Utah Conservation Corps
- Utah State University
- Cache County Weed Control Division
- Cirrus Ecological Solutions, LC
- Bio-WEST, Inc.
- Providia Management Group, LLC
- Juniper Systems