Opportunities for sightseers and nature lovers are many at Elk City Lake. Topography of the Elk City Lake varies from steep slopes to broad rolling, open crop, and pasture land. A prominent feature of the landscape is the precipitous rock bluff of tableland that marks the north margin of the river valley for several miles above the dam site. Native trees and shrubs of the area include ash, birch, elm, hickory, oak, walnut, sycamore, dogwood, hawthorn, redbud, deciduous holly, and sumac. In addition, a myriad of wild mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates add greatly to the vitality and natural heritage of the area.
Bird watchers, photographers, and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the many different species of non-game birds and animals on the area. The huge pileated woodpecker is common among the mature trees along the Elk River.
A solar-powered wildlife feeder attracts many species of birds and animals in the park. Wintering waterfowl feeding in the wildlife refuge along Hwy 160 provide spectacular viewing in spring and late fall.
Admission: Park Permit Required
Address: 7 miles east of Elk City and 5 miles northwest of the city of Independence.
Our Email: ElkCitySP@wp.state.ks.us
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