La Cygne Lake & Wildlife Area
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 water's edge.
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.
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.
Primitive camping, numerous utility campsites.
No developed trails.
Ownership: Kansas City Power and Light, Inc.; 4,600 acres
The entities responsible for management of
the public access areas are shown below.
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks
& Tourism manages the wildlife area
Linn County Park (913) 757-6633
Questions or comments about Natural Kansas may be directed to
Questions or comments about Natural Kansas may be directed to Jim Mason