Bear River Bottoms

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

Click here to download an I-SPY sheet for the Bear River Bottoms, and go experience the Bottoms for yourself!


For Google Users, simply search for, “Bear River Bottoms, Morton Section Conservation Easement, Unnamed Road, Trenton, UT 84338”.

Old-fashioned directions:

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:


The Bear River Land Conservancy was established by local visionaries to ensure that valuable private lands with public benefits will continue to provide those benefits. Our focus includes:

  • Working farms and ranches; we love our locally grown foods!

  • Lands near rivers and streams; because we all need clean water.

  • Private lands and trails that allow public access for recreation, including hunting, fishing, and hiking.

  • Natural habitat areas for migratory birds, native plants, and healthy fish.


T: 435-770-4081


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Bear River Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. EIN 27-4698179

BRLC is also a proud member of the Land Trust Alliance.

PO Box 4565
Logan, UT 84323-4565

The mission of the Bear River Land Conservancy is to conserve and enhance private lands for wildlife habitat, working farms and ranches, land and trails of recreational or historical significance, watersheds, and critical vistas, using education, conservation easements and sound management, to benefit the people of northern Utah, today and in perpetuity.

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