White Rock Bay is a campground on the north end of Antelope Island. The exposed land here is predominantly grassland with mixed shrubsteppe. Shoreline is also visible from here. The Buffalo Corrals are used for the annual Buffalo Roundup and are located just behind the park offices. The habitat here is like a "farm" given the corrals, stables, etc. There is also a hay barn. The surrounding habitat is predominantly grassland and shrubsteppe.. The area is generally open year round, although a gate to the corral area is occasionally locked. Lots of visitors make their way here year round thinking they will see Buffalo. You do occasionally see them along the road here, but they are only in the corrals during the roundup.
Birding wise there are a couple birds found here that draw birders. Namely both BARN OWL and GREAT HORNED OWL nest in the hay barn near the corrals. Please if you go to see these birds DO NOT GO IN TO THE BARN! Stay on the perimeter viewing form your vehicle, or as far out as you can to give the birds space. They have been using this site for years and have grown accustomed to visitors, so please respect the space and keep this a reliable spot for these species for years to come. SAY'S PHOEBE are often seen here during the warmer months along with SAGE THRASHER, BREWER'S SPARROW, and LARK SPARROW. HORNED LARK can be found year round along with WESTERN MEADOWLARK. The most notable sighting in the area was from April 2013 when a pair of MOUNTAIN PLOVER showed up near the campground for 2 days. Just going to show you never know what might turn up, even in the most likely of places.
In Layton, take I-15 exit 332 west bound onto Antelope Drive for about 7 miles to the entrance station to the park. After paying an entrance fee continue about 6 miles across the causeway to the island. At the sign where the road splits stay left and continue south for 1.6 miles till you reach a turn off on your left to the White Rock Bay. Turn here and continue straight. There will be a turn to your right after about 100'--this goes to the campground. If you want to go to the corrals don't turn and instead continue straight till you reach the park offices. Continue around the south side of the offices following the road. It will hit a fence after about 150 yards. To the left are the corrals, and a small dirt road to the right leads to the barn.