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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Oxbow Wildlife Area - Moffat County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This little oasis is located on Highway 318 west of Maybell. The trail to the oxbow begins from the southeast corner of the parking lot. From the gate it is about a 0.6 mile walk to the oxbow. At one time there were extensive brown BLM markers outlining the trail, but unfortunately many of the markers no longer exist. If you walk generally southeast from the parking lot you will come to a fence. Walk along the fence until you come to a gate and pass through to the east side. From this point most of the trail signs are missing, but if you head toward a large livestock shed to the south it will lead you to the oxbow.

The area between the parking area and the oxbow is greasewood habitat and usually hosts, among other species, Sage Sparrows and Sage Thrashers. The oxbow itself is best in fall when mudflats are available. When the habitat is right, it is probably the best shorebird spot in Moffat County. The area also contains extensive marsh and some open water habitat that attracts many waterfowl, rails and other marsh birds. The northern tip of the oxbow is a grassy area with some tamarisk and Russian olive trees. Greater Sage-Grouse often come into the oxbow to drink and Eastern Kingbirds and migrant songbirds inhabit this area.

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Sagebrush, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
Directions: (Note, this spot is not marked in either atlas) Traveling west on 318 you will cross the Little Snake River and crest a hill sporting a Nottingham Ranch sign to the south. The parking lot is located about a mile further at about mile marker 44.5. Look sharp because the parking lot is becoming overgrown with weeds and is increasingly difficult to recognize.
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