During the winter, the lake attracts Canada geese, mallards, common mergansers, goldeneyes, pintails, gadwalls, and most other common ducks. During migrations white pelicans sometimes use the lake as a stopover. Ospreys are common in fall and bald eagles often winter in the area. Black rails were discovered using the marsh areas of this lake a few years ago and can be heard if not seen calling through the late spring and summer months.
At both ends of the lake, beaver activity is visible on the streambank trees. Several beaver dams and ponds are also present. Deer are commonly seen near the locust grove below the dam. Other area mammals include muskrats, raccoons, cottontails, and thirteen-lined ground squirrels. The lake's well-maintained grounds are ideal for robins, western kingbirds, and northern orioles. The grassy areas are inhabited by grasshopper sparrows, western meadowlarks, and prairie lizards.
100 campsites with utility hookups. Primitive camping.
A short nature trail winds
through the grove of black locust trees
The City of Coldwater is
responsible for management of the lake.
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