Bureau of Reclamation
pond about 9 miles east & north of Yuma. It is adjacent (south) of the Gila
and is surrounded by
cottonwoods, willows, mesquites, salt cedar, and quailbush. The west end of
the pond has the most vegetation and is consequently more birdy. You can walk around the entire pond
(about ¾ of a mile) and in the cooler seasons and the morning you will likely be sharing the area with fishermen.
Spring or fall migration is by far the best time to visit this location.
West end of Fortuna
Site #5 on Yuma
East Overview Map
Getting there from the intersection of I-8 and 16th Street takes
- Drive east on 16th Street (Highway 95) 5.1
miles to Ave 7E (Circle K and Chevron stations).
- Turn left on Ave 7E and drive north for 1.5 miles.
- Turn right on a gravel road just north of an east-west canal, but before you come to the
- Drive east a little over 3 miles, just past a dip that goes through a wash.
- There will be three gravel roads leading north from the levee road, all of which take
you to Fortuna Pond, which is less than .1 mile north of the levee road. The first
road leading north goes to the NW corner of the pond. The second leads to a parking
lot just s. of the pond. The third skirts the east side of the pond.
spots correspond with the map on the right
outflow ditch for Fortuna Pond is a good place to see Green
Herons, Black Phoebes, migrant flycatchers and warblers.
area where the outflow reaches the Gila River Channel can be
good for migrant and wintering thrushes, sparrows, and summering
west side of the lake is bordered by nice willows, mesquites,
and cottonwoods, which are heavily used by passerines.
Immediately south of the lake is a small mesquite bosque which
has resident Verdins and Black-tailed Gnatcatchers.
large cottonwoods on the north side of the lake harbor breeding
Western Kingbirds, Bullock's Orioles and Great-tailed
the birding suggestions on the left. Blue is water.
Green are islands.