La Cygne Lake & Wildlife Area
All photos on this page by Jim Mason
|La Cygne Lake was created to cool the coal-fired
electricity-generating plant at the east end of the dam.
Bald eagles and waterfowl are attracted to the lake during
migrations and through the winter. Look for a variety of ducks as well as
double-crested cormorants, eared and horned grebes, and common mergansers. Great
blue herons, green-backed herons, and belted kingfishers are attracted to the
Linn County Park is on
the western shore of the lake. Oak-hickory woodlands attract
vireos, tanagers, and flycatchers during the spring migration. In the evenings listen for
barred owls, eastern screech-owls, whip-poor-wills, and chuck-will's-widows. In the woods,
be prepared for the startling eruption of the American woodcock and its telltale zigzag
flight through the trees. There is a resident flock of
Canada geese in the campground near the lake shore.
Whitetail deer are
commonly seen in the park.
On the north and northeast
side of the lake is La Cygne Wildlife Area. The
entrance road is bordered by thick underbrush, ideal for a variety of winter sparrows and
cottontail rabbits. Beaver gnawings are visible on the trees. Other habitats worth
exploring are the wet meadows and woods below the dam along North Sugar Creek. Look for
woodpeckers, warblers, owls, and other woodland animals.
The county park has boat
ramps, a swimming pool, camp
store, modern restrooms & showers.
camping, numerous utility campsites.
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No developed trails.
Click the icon to find birding lists for Miami and Linn Counties.
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Cygne Lake lies 5 miles east of the town of La Cygne. To reach Linn County Park from U.S.
69, take the La Cygne Exit east 0.3 miles to Valley Road and follow the sign north 2 miles to the park
entrance. The wildlife area is located 7.2 miles from U.S. 69. It is reached by traveling
east across the dam and then north at the first intersection past the generating plant
The wildlife area has two access points: 1 mile west of
Young on 2400 Road and at the upper end
of the lake on 399th Street.
For a Google Map of this site,
Kansas City Power and Light, Inc.; 4,600 acres
The entities responsible for management of
the public access areas are shown below.
Contact them if you have specific questions about use or management of the site.
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks
& Tourism manages the wildlife area
You may download the KDWPT brochure for La Cygne Lake and Wildlife Area from
their web site.
Linn County Park (913) 757-6633
Funded by the
Chickadee Checkoff Program
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the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks
Re-publication of site content in any form other than for personal use
requires written permission. If you are a Kansas resident, please
assist with this and other wildlife viewing and conservation programs
by contributing to the Chickadee Checkoff on your state tax form.
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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism