What started out as a curiosity, putting wastewater to good use, has now become an attraction to many forms of life. Visitors to Jacques Marsh are usually treated to a surprise package of sights and sounds provided by a vibrant marsh ecosystem.
In the winter bald eagles are a common sight and in the summer peregrine falcons are occasionally seen. The peak periods of waterfowl use occur during the spring and fall migration. The islands provide excellent duck nesting habitat. Elk are attracted to the marsh in the fall and winter where they consume the dry vegetation.
Of course the diversity of plants and animals attracts many human visitors. The area is popular with the viewing and hunting public. Jacques Marsh is a point of local pride. The residents of the cities of Pinetop and Lakeside have supported the project since it's inception.
A major side benefit of the created marshes has been the opportunity for interaction with the local schools. The marshes now function as outdoor classrooms where many environmental principles are taught including recycling and water cleanup.
Address: 2 miles north of Lakeside
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