The Sandy Urban Fishery (or Sandy Pond) is a man made fishing pond that was built along the Jordan River to provide fishing opportunities for locals in the city. The small pond is only 3 acres but it is one of only a handful of substantial bodies of water found in Sandy. There are few large native trees, but Russian Olives dominate the landscape to the south. The Jordan River borders the pond on the west, and River Oaks Golf Course borders it on the north and east. The pond is open year round from sunrise till 10:00pm and is often inundated with fisherman.
The Sandy Pond has been a breath of life for water birding in Sandy. Already boasting 120 + species the pond has no shortage of waterfowl during the winter months, and other waterbirds year round. At the time of writing 23 species of waterfowl have been observed here, most notably GREATER SCAUP have been observed here for 3 winters from 2013-2015. WOOD DUCK, MANDARIN DUCK, and CACKLING GOOSE have all been observed here while diving ducks are often found on the north half of the pond. RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and LESSER SCAUP are usually staple during the winter. NEOTROPIC CORMORANT and HORNED GREBE have both been recorded here, making for great close views on the small pond. The proximity to the parkway and the river provide some great habitat for migrants, and various warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, and other neotropical migrants have been seen here. During irruption winters EVENING GROSBEAK can sometimes be found in the Russian Olives along the river.
From State Street at 10000 South/Sego Lily Drive go west 1.3 miles till you reach the run off on your right to the Pond. 10000 South becomes Shields Lane after you go under I-15. Also from 1300 West you can take Shields Lane east .8 miles till the turn off to the pond is on your left. Drive north on the road form here till you reach the parking are on your right.