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Duck Creek
Duck Creek Trail
Duck Creek parking and trailhead (view E)


Duck Creek is part of the Clark County Wetlands Park on the east side of the Las Vegas Valley and right along Las Vegas Wash. Six ponds near the wash attract large numbers of ducks, shorebirds, and other wetland bird species, plus a good variety of dragonflies. The 0.4-mile trail out to the ponds is paved and nearly level (fully accessible), but the ponds, proper, and stream are not fully accessible. Dirt roads run along the west edge of the ponds and along the south end, providing views over the ponds and a route to Las Vegas Wash. High water and dense vegetation can prevent making a loop. Fortunately for dragonfly watchers, the area is being managed to prevent tall vegetation from taking over and crowding out the birds.

For details of the site, access, directions, maps, GPS coordinates, and contact information, see Birding Around Duck Creek.

Duck Creek Park
First pond and dirt Dragonfly Divide Road (view N)

Species Seen at Duck Creek

Dragonflies: Anax junius (common green darner), Rhionaeschna multicolor (blue-eyed darner), Erythemis collocata (western pondhawk), Libellula comanche (comanche skimmer), Libellula luctuosa (widow skimmer), Libellula saturata (flame skimmer), Pachydiplax longipennis (blue dasher), Pantala flavescens (wandering glider), Pantala hymenaea (spot-winged glider), Perithemis intensa (mexican amberwing), Sympetrum corruptum (variegated meadowhawk), Tramea lacerata (black saddlebag), Tramea onusta (red saddlebags).

Damselflies: Argia agrioides (california dancer), Argia moesta (powdered dancer), Argia nahuana (aztec dancer), Argia sedula (blue-ringed dancer), Argia vivida (vivid dancer), Enallagma carunculatum (tule bluet), Enallagma civile (familiar bluet), Ischnura barberi (desert forktail), Ischnura cervula (pacific forktail), Ischnura denticollis (black-fronted forktail), Hetaerina americana (american rubyspot).

Duck Creek Trail
Be sure to look in the desert scrub along the trail
Duck Creek Park
Las Vegas Wash provides flowing-water habitat
Duck Creek
Argia vivida (vivid dancer), male
Duck Creek Trail
Libellula luctuosa (widow skimmer), male
Duck Creek
Pachydiplax longipennis (blue dasher), female
Duck Creek
Libellula comanche (comanche skimmer), male

Table 1. Highway Coordinates (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site # Location Latitude (°N) Longitude (°W) UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (feet) Verified
711 Duck Creek Park Trailhead 36.09357 115.02321 677968 3995935 1,603 Yes
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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