In 2013 the north section was drained leaving mudflats that provided excellent habitat for shorebirds and waders. The low water on the southside also provided ample shorebird habitat--mostly on the west and southern edges. The east edge borders a canal lined with Russian Olive and Phragmites. Phragmites also dominate large portions of the north edge as well.
During spring migration waterbird use the lake while passing through. Depending on the level of the water that may mean there are various species of ducks, gulls, waders, shorebirds, and swallows present. Timing also plays a role in what might be here during the window. 24 species of shorebirds were recorded in 2013 in just 5 weeks. The rarest birds included a LEAST TERN, GLOSSY IBIS, and DUNLIN. During the fall and early winter while open water remains, large numbers of gulls use the pond for resting and feeding. In 2013 both MEW and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were mixed in with the more common species. In the winter the water is frozen and bird life is scant. During the hot summer and early fall there are birds present but there are also lots of bugs, and nothing of note to look for.
Go west on Lehi Main Street about 3 miles from the center of town. Turn left (south) onto Willow Lane (3130 West) and go to the stop sign a couple of blocks away. Turn right onto Willow Reed (340 South) and Powell Lake will be about 1 block away.