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Frances Short Pond - Interpretive signs encourage visitors to watch wildlife intentionally and regularly to see how this restored pond and riparian habitat are used by numerous birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes. Walking trails surround the pond, where you'll find native vegetation and abundant birdlife.

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Located along the F.U.T.S., the pond is provides community fishing a state fishing license is required. Arizona Game & Fish hosts free clinics at the pond and local schools bring children for outdoor education. Interpretive signs encourage visitors to watch wildlife intentionally and regularly to see how this restored pond and riparian habitat are used by numerous birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes. Walking trails surround the pond, where you'll find native vegetation and abundant birdlife. Frances Short is just a short walk to Thorpe Park's ball fields, dog park, and community center.
 

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Take an early morning walk to Frances Short Pond and you may see a black-crowned night heron like this one. Photo by George Andrejko.

Take an early morning walk to Frances Short Pond and you may see a black-crowned night heron like this one.

Learn about fish, ducks, and other wildlife that rely on Frances Short Pond. Photo by Arizona Game & Fish Department.

Learn about fish, ducks, and other wildlife that rely on Frances Short Pond.

 

Frances Short Pond is stocked for fishing by AGFD. If you are new to fishing, come to one of our free fishing clinics, then purchase your license and enjoy the pond! Photo by Arizona Game & Fish Department.

Frances Short Pond is stocked for fishing by AGFD. If you are new to fishing, come to one of our free fishing clinics, then purchase your license and enjoy the pond!

 

Arizona Game & Fish holds free fishing clinics for beginning anglers. Contact the Department to learn more. Photo by Arizona Game & Fish Department.

Arizona Game & Fish holds free fishing clinics for beginning anglers. Contact the Department to learn more.

 

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Amenities Benches and dirt trail. Adjacent Thorpe Park offers ball fields, community center, and dog park.
   
Lat/Long
(WGS 84)
35.2077
-111.6596
   
Access info Frances Short is surrounded by paved residential streets and pedestrian/bicycle FUTS trail.
   
Contact City of Flagstaff, (928) 774-5281.
Arizona Game & Fish Department, Flagstaff Office (928) 774-5045.

Getting There: There is parking for Thorpe Park at the Community Center and the Bark Park. To access Frances Short directly, park along Aztec and walk north to the Pond.

 
 
 

 
 
In this AWWE audio guide you'll hear about the diversity of bird life that visits the pond. You'll also hear about which species of fish you can catch here and get tips on the best kind of bait to use, from AZGFD fish specialist Chuck Benedict who also describes the pond life that feeds these fish & how to get a closer look at them, with help from Jeff Propster (Coconino Community College). Narrated by Rose Houk, recorded and produced by Diane Hope with funding from the AZGFD Heritage Fund.
 
 

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