Miami State Fishing Lake
When approaching this area, visitors travel through wooded farm country with some remnants of tallgrass prairie. White-tailed deer thrive in this habitat. Loggerhead shrikes, American kestrels, and eastern meadowlarks are common.
As you enter the property the drive descends steeply through mature oak-hickory forest. Watch for pileated woodpeckers and, in spring and fall, for migrating songbirds. The roadway provides walking access for those searching for warblers, tanagers, vireos, flycatchers, and orioles. Both great horned and barred owls are also residents in the wooded areas. Copperheads may be found here.
Ducks, grebes, and mergansers stop here, as well as wintering bald eagles, which are easily observed against the hillsides bordering the east side of the lake. Great blue herons may be seen along the shoreline on any of the numerous rock jetties.
Primitive camping only.
No developed trails.
The entity responsible for management of Miami State
Fishing Lake is the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks
Call them at (785) 273-6740 if you have specific
questions about use or management of this site.
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