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Wyandotte County Lake--Kansas City, Kansas

Wyandotte County Lake--Kansas City, Kansas

Wyandotte County DeerWyandotte County Deer

Wyandotte County Lake is located in Kansas City, Kansas not far from the Kansas Speedway and Legends Shopping Center. The 400 acre lake is surrounded by 1,500 acres of parkland and is home to several different species of wildlife.

There is a nice paved road that takes you around the lake and provides several good opportunities to photograph wildlife as well as numerous scenic views. The lake was constructed in the 1930's by the Works Progress Administration and features several original stone buildings including a marina and boathouse and the James P. Davis Reception Hall which is a unique building worth stopping by and talking a closer look. The lake is also home of the F.L. Schlagle Library and Environmental Center.

Wyandotte County LakeWyandotte County Lake

Canadian Geese and different species of ducks and waterfowl are commonly seen as well as numerous white-tailed deer and an occasional wild turkey. There is a one way dirt/gravel road on the east side of the lake that takes you on a short loop along the shoreline before meeting back up with the pavement near shelter 7. The deer photos featured on this page were primarily taken in the area of shelters 7 and 5.

Canadian GooseCanadian Goose

This lake is especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves have changed colors and the hills around the lake are awash in color. The winding road around the lake can also offer some great places to take pictures of your special classic car or motorcycle. There are several pullouts along the road that allow you opportunities to get some great scenic pictures including one by the dam that gives you a pretty view of the Missouri River Valley below.

Wyandotte County Lake and Park offers a great opportunity to see and photograph wildlife and landscapes. The original stone buildings and wooden guard rails add to the scenic attraction of this lake. This is one of my favorite places to photograph wildlife, especially deer and is a hidden gem in the Kansas City Metro area. If you are in that area when the leaves have changed colors in the fall you will not be disappointed by taking a leisurely drive around this beautiful lake.

Fall Colors at Wyandotte County Lake


Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge--Mound City, Missouri

Wildlife Photos From Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge--Mound City, Missouri

 Squaw Creek PanoramicSquaw Creek Panoramic

One of my favorite places to take wildlife photos is the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge by Mound City, Missouri. The refuge covers 7,350 acres of land of which 3,200 acres are wetlands. It is home to a variety of wildlife species but is probably best known for its Snow Geese and Eagle population.

Squaw Creek has been known to have up to 400,000 Snow Geese, 100,000 ducks and 200-300 Eagles and many other waterfowl and shorebirds during the peak periods of migration. The refuge is home to some 301 bird species, 33 mammal species and 35 reptile and amphibian species.

Snow GeeseSnow Geese

There is a 10 mile self guided auto route that circles some of the main refuge pools and provides excellent opportunities for viewing and photographing Waterfowl and Eagles. Often during the peak times you will have Bald Eagles perched in trees a few feet from the road.

Squaw Creek also has three main walking trails that provide some excellent photo opportunities and some scenic vistas.

Bald EagleBald Eagle

The best time to photograph Eagles is the end of November and beginning of December as this is normally when the population count is the highest. The refuge holds its annual Eagle Days in early December each year.

Animals that I have personally seen and photographed at Squaw Creek include, Snow Geese, Canadian Geese, Blue Herons, Trumpeter Swans, Bald Eagles, assorted Ducks and other Waterfowl, as well as Deer and Pheasants.

Squaw Creek is one of my favorite places to photograph wildlife. It provides outstanding opportunities for photographing Bald Eagles.

If you are in that area it is definitely a place you should check out if you like photographing wildlife in their natural environment.

Squaw Creek ReflectionSquaw Creek Reflection

For more information on Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge check out these websites.

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge