Herington City Lakes
Best birding is during spring and fall migrations. Ducks to watch for include redhead, lesser scaup, mallard, green-winged teal, common goldeneye, and bufflehead. Migrating yellow-headed blackbirds and pelicans frequently stop over. Sandpipers and plovers can be seen on the mudflats. During spring and fall, ospreys fish the waters. Great blue herons are seen in the shallows, and double-crested cormorants are frequently sighted on the snags and standing timbers. Look for red-winged blackbirds in the cattails. Mourning doves, scissor-tailed flycatchers, eastern meadowlarks, dickcissels, and grasshopper sparrows are common in the grasslands. From April to July, look around the residences adjoining Lake Herington for Purple Martins. Many people have erected martin houses here.
Wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, opossums, and raccoons are often seen at dusk and dawn.
Primitive camping at Herington Reservoir in designated camping areas only; User fee required
No developed trails.
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Ownership: The entity responsible for management of Herington City Lakes is the City of Herington. If you have specific questions about use or management of this site, contact them at (785) 258-2271
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