Wilson Springs Ponds

There’s a lovely parcel of nature in the south of Nampa, covering 55 acres and made up of a chain of ponds on what used to be marshy pasture for livestock. The land was bought by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in 1989 and was slowly given over to nature, now serving as a peaceful place to go for a walk and a much-loved urban fishing area. You’ll find four ponds, encompassing 25 acres, fed by springs and providing a vital resting spot for migratory ducks and geese. 

As for fish, largemouth bass, bluegill and trout, shelter in the deeper, shaded parts and come up to the shallows to feed. If you have a valid permit or license you can fish at the South Pond, which has a little dock. This pond complex offers an easy way to experience nature. Paved pathways provide improved access to several fishing areas, while unimproved trails let kids fish from shore and explore, making this a popular family destination. From Interstate 84 in Nampa, take Garrity exit 38 and head south for 0.3 mile. Turn left on Stamm Ln and in 0.3 mile, turn right on Happy Valley Rd and go 4.4 miles. Turn right onto E Locust Ln and go west 2 miles, then turn right on S Powerline Rd and go 0.3 mile to the parking lot. You really never have to travel far for a peaceful outing in nature with the family. These fishing ponds in Nampa are a great example of the beauty that’s hiding in our own backyard. Known as Wilson Springs Ponds (or simply Wilson Springs), this destination is perfect for a peaceful family outing that nature lovers of all ages and backgrounds can love.

Wilson Springs is a 55 acre nature area that provides a healthy habitat for wildlife. This beautiful place is home to many birds, both resident and migratory. It is also a popular urban fishing destination. Canyon County Parks assists Idaho Fish and Game Southwest Region with the maintenance of this site. The ponds are stocked and maintained by the Idaho Fish & Game. There are several ponds linked together by a green belt system.

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