Wyandotte County Lake
Stop first at the Park Ranger Headquarters (where you will be accosted by Canada geese seeking a handout) and pick up a map and checklist. Best viewing sites for water birds are the south side, west lookout, Boathouse Cove, and Wilson Cove. There are many pullouts on the loop drive for viewing woodland wildlife as well as a bridle/hiking trail around the lake. During spring and fall migrations, search the lake for northern shovelers, northern pintails, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, common goldeneyes, buffleheads, common mergansers, and hooded mergansers. On occasion, an osprey will be fishing the lake. Survey the woodlands for migrating warblers and vireos. In winter, bald eagles and rough-legged hawks may visit. On warm summer nights listen for the calls of eastern screech-owls, great horned owls, barred owls and whip-poor-wills. Early daylight and dusk are the best times to watch for wading herons, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, beaver, opossums, raccoons, and foxes. A pullout at the dam offers a panoramic view of the Missouri River valley.
Camping not allowed. Park hours: 6 AM - Midnight.
Stotler Cove Nature Trail (1/2 mile); An 8 mile bridle/hiking trail circles the lake. It may be accessed from any of 5 trailheads.
Ownership: The entity responsible for management of Wyandotte Lake is the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Parks and Recreation Department. Contact them at (913) 573-8327 if you have specific questions about use or management of this site, or visit their website.
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