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Enjoy social distancing at Jackson Flat Reservoir
It seems like everywhere we turn there is news of CoVid-19. While this is certainly a difficult time for everyone, there are still some things that can be safely enjoyed. Jackson Flat Reservoir is a great place to go with your household members to catch up on your Vitamin D and maintain social distance.
The recreational options both on the water and around it are numerous. Grab a canoe, kayak or paddleboard and take in the scenery while you are rocked by the calming waves. Paddle boats and boats with electric trolling motors are also welcome on the reservoir.
Activities on the shore include: biking, rollerblading, running, walking on the trail or practicing your golf swing on the driving range. The driving range is open to the public with no fees.
Between January and March, over 5,050 rainbow and 930 brook trout have been stocked. All you need is a pole, some bait and a valid Utah fishing license to relax and catch fish here.
All year round there is a menagerie of birds flying, swimming and building their homes on the water. Bird watchers love Jackson Flat for its variety of ducks, geese and birds of prey. Three elusive blue herons have been spotted, as well as migratory pelicans. The most notable bird seen on the reservoir is our honorable and rare national bird, the bald eagle. The water is a plentiful hunting ground for hawks, owls and turkey vultures. Bird watching is a perfect activity to do from a distance.
The one and only professional disc golf course in the area is also nestled here on the banks of the reservoir. The Kanab Disc Golf Course brings a new game to town offering fun for all ages. The course is free to play on and only requires a few discs. Remember to give other players ample distance as you play all 18 holes sponsored by local businesses or only do a quick nine.
After a dry winter some were wondering if the reservoir would fill completely. Local farmers depend on the consistent water to be able to get a full season from their crops. On March 13, 2020, the fill capacity was met. With over 4,082.77 acre-feet of water, the reservoir will once again provide excellent irrigation to our local fields from April 1, 2020, to October 31, 2020.
We are hoping for our community to have health and bounty in 2020. Please remember to only gather with those in your household, wash your hands, be careful out there and know the Kane County Water Conservancy District is keeping your water safe.